Egyptian Amulet of the Goddess Bastet at Phoenix Ancient Art

One of the more recent arrivals at Phoenix Ancient Art, owned by Hicham Aboutaam and Ali Aboutaam, is the Egyptian Amulet of the Goddess Bastet.  This amulet is in an excellent state of preservation and is from the 3rd Intermediary Period, around the 8th-7th century B.C.  The amulet is complete and has retained its original intense blue color.

The goddess’s  throne was made in a technique that was very popular at the end of the New Kingdom and in the beginning of the first millennium B.C.  The faience was first cast and the openwork was then created by cutting away unwanted elements with a knife.  While this amulet is quite small in size, the work’s quality is excellent and a number of the anatomical details have been rendered with great precision.

The goddess Bastet was quite popular at the end of the Bronze Age and, as was quite common in Egyptian art, the figure has the body of a human and the head of an animal.  She is considered a mild mannered, sweeter version of the dangerous goddess Sekhmet.  She is the patron of the priestly doctors of Sekhmet and she is the rpotector of women in childbirth and children.

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