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Seated Lion

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Description This seated gold lioness, tail curled over the haunches, was apparently cast in one piece with the suspension loop and flat base. The inscription, deeply recessed into the underside of the base reads "Bastet, eye of Re, Mistress of the Gods," which suggests the piece was not a real seal but an amulet linked to the cult of Bastet, goddess of joy.
Date Description Narrative
  • Jewelry - Ancient to Modern. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979-1980.
Provenance Maurice Nahman, Cairo [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1930, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Transcription] On underside of base: Bastet, eye of Re, Mistress of the Gods
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1930

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525-332 BC (Late Period)
cast gold
(Gold, Silver & Jewelry)
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H: 9/16 x W: 9/16 x D: 1/4 in. (1.5 x 1.4 x 0.6 cm)
  • Egypt (Place of Discovery)


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