The Sacred Cat of Bast



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664-525 B.C.; Late Period, Dynasty 26; Bronze; height 26.4 cm (10 3/8 in.) Detroit Institute of Arts

The cat was a symbol of the Egyptian goddess Bast or Bastet. She was one of the daughters of the sun god, Ra. She was often represented in statues as a cat or as a human figure with the head of a cat. A temple was built in her honor at Bubastis.

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