Box for animal mummy surmounted by a cat, inscribed

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

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The cat atop this funerary box hunches forward, as if ready to strike. The cat embodies the goddess Bastet. Bastet was a protector goddess, especially of women and children. The figure's body is incised with short hairs and her eyes are inlaid with stones. Hieroglyphs around the box offer praise to Bastet.

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