Amulet of a cat

Egyptian
Late Period, Dynasty 25–30
760–332 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Between G 7130 and G 7120.

Dimensions

Height: 2.1 cm (13/16 in.)

Accession Number

27.1078

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This rather crudely made amulet of a crouching cat represents the goddess Bastet. Bastet was a fertility goddess and amulets like this one werre probably intended to increase the fertility of the wearer or to ensure rebirth in the afterlife.

Provenance

From Giza: Between G 7130 and G 7120. December 4, 1924: Excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition