Bronze statuette of Bastet

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


Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 7 x 5.0 x 3.6 cm (2 3/4 x 1 15/16 x 1 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

72.4423

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Upper portion of a bronze statuette of the feline goddess Bastet. The head to the waist are preserved. Shown with left hand holding a feline-shaped shield/aegis. The right hand clasped and probably once held a scepter. Incised detailing on the body and the shield. The ears are pierced likely for additional (metal) adornments.

Provenance

By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.
(Accession date: June 28, 1872)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way