STUNNING EGYPTIAN GOLD AND LAPIS AMULET OF BASTET
Measurements: 2.4 cm - height. Weight: 6.48 g.
Description: An extremely fine gold amulet pendant of the goddess Bastet in the form of a sitting cat with her tail resting on the right side of her body. This stunning pendant is fully suitable for modern wear; it has an intact suspension loop to the rear. The special feature of this amulet is that the shoulders, flanks and haunches have inlaid pieces of polished lapis lazuli. The goddess Bastet was considered to be the daughter of the sun god and was originally shown with the features of a lion up until about 1000 BC when she is portrayed as a cat or human with a cat head. The maternal, protective and hunting characteristics of the cat are the most obvious in Bastet and she is seen as a protector of pregnant women and young children.
Provenance: Property of a London gentleman; acquired on the French art market in the early 20th century.
Reference: See the Baron Empain collection, Christies, 14 April 2011, for similar.
Period: Ptolemaic period, 332 -30 BC
Condition: Very fine, one small piece of lapis lazuli missing from the neck.