Pillar Amulet with a Cat’s Head

Culture: Egyptian
Period: Late Period, 664-332 B.C.
Material: Hematite
Dimensions: 3.6 cm high
Price: Sold
Ref: 1275
Provenance: Collection Ezeldeen Taha Eldarir, acquired on 15 May 1930 from Salahaddin Sirmali in Cairo and then brought to the USA.
Condition: Intact
Description: Hematite amulet in form of a pillar, possibly the simplified depiction of a papyrus sceptre. On top a cat's head with raised ears, engraved eyes and finely worked out muzzle. It possibly is the depiction of the gentle Bastet, the goddess of joy, music and sexuality. She is considered to be the protector of all pregnant women.