Ancient Egyptian Large Gold Bastet Amulet


An extremely fine large Ancient Egyptian gold-plated amulet in the shape of the goddess Bastet in the form of a cat. The deity is portrayed sitting on a flat base, with her features rendered in a naturalistic, stylised manner including the eyes, nose and ears. A simple collar has been incised around her neck. The amulet features a suspension loop to the back which is now blocked.

Date: 664-332 BC
Period: Late Period
Provenance: Acquired 1970-1999. London collection of the late Mr S.M., thence by descent.
Condition: Fine condition, some of the gold has flaked off.


SKU: LD-369 Category: Tag:

Amulets were popular in Ancient Egypt, and were worn by the living or buried with the dead. The common word for amulet in the dynastic period was mkt, which means protector, amulets were designed to protect their owners. Amulets were usually modelled in the shape of specific deities. The goddess Bastet was considered to be the daughter of Ra, the sun god, and was originally shown with the features of a lion up until about 1000 BC when she started being portrayed as a cat or human with a cat head. The maternal, protective and hunting characteristics of the cat are the most obvious in Bastet and she is seen as a protector of pregnant women and young children. Bastet amulets would have been worn particularly by women not only to place themselves under the patronage of Bastet, but also in the hope that the wearer might be endowed with the goddess’ fecundity.

To find out more about Ancient Egyptian amulets please see our relevant blog post:Egyptian Amulets and their Meanings.

Weight 1.6 g
Dimensions L 0.9 x W 0.6 x H 1.3 cm