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Crown of a Standard Staff: Bastet

Location

EGYPT

Era

Late Period, 26th Dynasty (664-525 B.C.E.)

Title

Crown of a Standard Staff: Bastet

Materials

Bronze

Dimensions

18.8 x 6.5 x 11.6 cm

Credits

Gift of Mrs. Robert Loring, inv. 1939.B.1

Collection

Archeology and World Cultures

Bastet was one of the “dangerous” goddesses. The daughter of Re, manifestation of the Uraeus, her role was to protect Egypt and the king from their enemies. Originally lion-headed, Bastet took on the appearance of a female cat as of the 26th Dynasty – the image we still have of her today. At first mother of the king, she would become the goddess of maternity. Bastet is associated with the Greek goddess Artemis.

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