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Beaune, Musée des Beaux-Arts
 
Bastet goddess
  Bronze
Late Pharaonic Era (664 - 332 B.C.)
Origin -unknown
Beaune, Museum of Fine Arts


The feminine divinity is represented by the form of a woman with the head of a cat, looking like a cat. She was was the goddess of Bubastis, a town in the east of the Delta, whose Egyptian name "per bast" means the house of Bastet. She was particularly honoured by the kings of the 22nd dynasty, known as the Libyan, which made its capital there. She has sometimes been thought to be the form of the goddess Hathor or of Sekhmet. The Greeks assimilated her as Artremis, because she was a huntress and the "Lady of the big cat family".