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Aegis Shield of Cat-Headed Goddess Bastet

Maker Egyptian
Title Aegis Shield of Cat-Headed Goddess Bastet
Date 664-525 BCE
Medium Bronze
Dimensions Overall: 5 1/2 x 5 in. (14 x 12.7 cm)
Credit Line Burton Y. Berry Collection, Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University
Accession Number 69.135.4

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Cats were revered in Ancient Egypt. Several powerful goddesses bore feline characteristics, such as Sekhmet, the lion-headed goddess and Bastet, the cat-headed goddess. Moreover, cats themselves were believed to have magical powers and were protected so that they, in turn, would act as spiritual guardians of the household.

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