Date Made/Found: 664-332 BC
Material and Medium: Bronze
Dimensions: Height 127mm, width 70mm, depth 75mm
Place Object Found:
Accession Number: J1939.49
This is part of an ancient Egyptian statuette of the cat goddess Bastet. Each town in Egypt was home to a particular god or goddess. They were represented by a cult figure which was housed within a temple near the town. The cult of Bastet was based at Bubastis (modern Tell Basta).
The ancient Egyptians added more and more gods to their religion over time until they worshipped more than 2000 gods. A small number were worshipped across the whole country throughout the centuries. The most important was the sun-god Ra, or Amun-Ra. He was the king of the gods and under him were other gods including Osiris, Isis, Horus and Anubis. Some gods were only worshipped in local temples or people’s homes.
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