Description The ancient Egyptians donated figures of their gods for use in temple rituals; smaller images served as amulets to ensure divine protection. Goddesses in particular were viewed as protective deities. From earliest times, Egyptian venerated a wide circle of feline-headed female deities, such as Sakhmet, Tefnut, Wadjet, and Bastet. This statuette of a standing Bastet has an usekh-collar with a lioness head in her hand as a protective symbol. The inscription on the base names the donor of the figure.
|Examination||examined for condition|
|12/22/1960||Treatment||examined for exhibition; cleaned|
|2/12/1964||Examination||examined for loan|
|12/01/1975||Treatment||stabilized; loss compensation; other|
- Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods Before Me. The Jewish Museum, New York. 1964.
- Secret Signs: Egyptian Writing. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2003-2004.
- Daily Magic in Ancient Egypt. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2006-2007.
- Egypt’s Mysterious Book of the Faiyum. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2013-2014.
Provenance [From Mitrahina]; Dikran Kelekian, New York and Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1911, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Translation] Bastet may give life to Amen-er-dj-s, son of the priest of Amun Pefti-w-[m]-awj-Neith, born of the lady of the house Mut-er-dj-s.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1911
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