Aegis of Bastet

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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.


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