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March 26 2014

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New Arrival: Very attractive ancient Egyptian vivid blue faience cat seated on a base and wearing a collar, from the 26th Dynasty.

Cats were revered in ancient Egypt as they were the sacred animal of the sun god Ra and Bastet. The earliest Egyptian depiction of the cat took the form of three hieroglyph symbols, each representing seated cats. These formed part of the phrase ‘Lord of the City of Cats’ inscribed on a stone block from El-Lisht that may date as early as the reign of Pepy II, 2278-2184 BC. The Egyptian word for cat was the onomatopoeic term miw.
Reposted bylordhelmofonmarjarii

January 21 2014

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Ancient Egyptian limestone statue of a seated cat (Bast), with a smaller cat seated in the front, on a base with hieroglyphs. 26th Dynasty, 663-525 BC

October 01 2013

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Ancient Egypt. Linen mummified cat head, the domestic pet and symbol of Bastet (Bast) and Ra. Ptolemaic. 305-30 BC

April 02 2013

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Ancient Egypt. Carved terracotta seated cat statue, the domestic pet and symbol of Bastet (Bast) and Ra wearing an incised collar on the neck, an earring on each ear, a beetle on the chest and a standing female figure. Egyptian hieroglyphics around the base. Traces of red. Ptolemaic. 305-30 BC (7 1/2" x 3 3/4")

March 20 2013

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Ancient Egypt. Carved black limestone cat-headed Goddess Bastet, one knee up and wearing a kilt, seated on a base. Dirt patina. Ptolemaic. 305-30 BC (3 1/2" x 3" x 5")

March 17 2013

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Ancient Egypt. Carved black limestone Bastet, the cat-headed Goddess of Bubastis, in a short kilt, on a rectangular back pillar, standing on a base with hieroglyphics. Dirt patina. Ptolemaic. 305-30 BC (10 ½” x 4” x 2 ¾”)
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