c. 1069–715 BC
Overall: 4.4 x 1.1 x 2.8 cm (1 3/4 x 7/16 x 1 1/8 in.)
Norman O. Stone and Ella A. Stone Memorial Fund 1973.29
This object was in the collection of Howard Carter—the man who discovered the intact tomb of Tutankhamun—until his death.
Elegantly seated on a low base, its tail curled around its left side, this tiny cat, sacred animal of the goddess Bastet, is a sculptural tour de force. The front legs are carved entirely in openwork. The base, an amalgam of the hieroglyphs for "ointment jar" (also used in the writing the name of the goddess Bastet), and "protection" is admirably contoured to the animal's body. On the back is a loop for suspension.
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