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Amulet of a cat

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This rather crudely made amulet of a crouching cat represents the goddess Bastet. Bastet was a fertility goddess and amulets like this one werre probably intended to increase the fertility of the wearer or to ensure rebirth in the afterlife.


From Giza: Between G 7130 and G 7120. December 4, 1924: Excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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


Giza, Egypt


Height: 2.1 cm (13/16 in.)

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The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets