A plaster replica of the Egyptian cat goddess Bastet.
Sacred to the ancient Egyptians, cats were the special attribute of the goddess Bast (Bastet) and were originally depicted as a fiercely protective lion, but this image softened over the years to be portrayed more as a domestic cat.
Bastet was often depicted as having the body of a woman and the head of a domestic cat. She was associated with the Eye of Ra, acting within the sun god's power. Bastet was so highly regarded by the Egyptians that she became a household goddess and protector of women, children and domestic cats. She was also the goddess of sunrise, music, dance, pleasure, as well as family, fertility and birth.
The replica measures 20.5cm high.