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Historical Reproduction: Bast Cat Votive Relief

Historical Reproduction: Bast Cat Votive Relief

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Handmade Limestone Reproduction - Museum Quality

From the Museum of fine arts Boston..
Hellenistic Period (Ptolemaic Dynasty) - 305–30 B.C.

DIMENSIONS - Height x width x length: 20.5 x 22.2 x 1.1 cm (8 1/16 x 8 3/4 x 7/16 in.)

MEDIUM OR TECHNIQUE - Limestone

The modeling of the cat is unusually bold and almost three-dimensional. Although it is widely regarded as the most Egyptian of animals, the sacred cat was a fairly late development in Egyptian religion, beginning about 1000 B.C., when the female of the species was identified with the goddess Bastet (formerly a lioness). She is ornamented with a necklace of cowrie shells, symbols of fertility, and a pendant in the form of the eye of Horus.

http://www.mfa.org/collections/object/double-sided-votive-relief-148421

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