Aegis of Bastet



Accession Number
AB12
Current Location
House of Death (ground floor), Amulets case
Object Type
Religious or cult object, Aegis
Periods
Third Intermediate Period to Late Period
Material
Stone/minerals
Provenance
Egypt, Abydos
Measurements
Height: 35mm | Width: 31mm | Depth: 11mm
Number of Elements
1
Animal
Cat
Divine Name
Bastet

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Description

A stone aegis of Bastet surmounted by a cat's head. The cat wears a solar-disc on her head. Such items were carried by musicians and priests. The aegis is a representation of a menat-collar, as worn by Hathor and feline goddesses such as Bastet. Amuletic aegises became popular from the Late Period. This example is possibly from Abydos. The object was gifted to the University of Wales, Aberystwyth by John Bancroft Willans, a subscriber of the Egypt Exploration Fund/Society, who received the object in 1903. It was subsequently gifted to the Egypt Centre in 1997.

Bibliography

Andrews, Carol 1994. Amulets of ancient Egypt. London: The British Museum Press. Ivanov, Sergej 2003. The Aegis in ancient Egyptian art: aspects of interpretation. In Hawass, Zahi and Lyla Pinch Brock (eds), Egyptology at the dawn of the twenty-first century: proceedings of the Eighth International Congress of Egyptologists, Cairo, 2000 2, 332–339. Cairo; New York: American University in Cairo Press. Teeter, Emily and Janet H. Johnson (eds) 2009. The life of Meresamun: a temple singer in ancient Egypt. Oriental Institute Museum Publications 29. Chicago: Oriental Institute, University of Chicago. [pp. 37–38]

Last modified: 02 Nov 2020

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