Seller: agbernal.915 (564) 100%, Location: Carrollton, Texas, Ships to: US, Item: 173465098602 This is a Museum Quality Bastet Feline Figurine and a Highly Desired Piece of Art by Serious Collectors - Buy it now before someone else does it. Impressive 5.125" Antique One Piece Marble Body and Tail with a Solid Bronze Head Egyptian Bastet Feline - Cat Spectacular piece from private collection. Age unknown. Measures 5.125" high by 1.5" /3.5" wide. Piece weighs about 1.0 lbs. This cat was made in 2 main pieces joined together: the body and tail were sculptured in one beautiful piece of marble; the head was casted in solid bronze and attached in perfect match alignment to the body. As mentioned, the tail appears to have been formed as one piece with the marble body. The surface does not show any signs of aging as would be expected. The bronze head still has the original patina. Cats were considered sacred in ancient Egypt. Bastet was a goddess in ancient Egyptian religion, worshipped as early as the Second Dynasty (2890 BC). As Bast, she was the goddess of warfare in Lower Egypt, the Nile River delta region, before the unification of the cultures of ancient Egypt. Her name is also spelled Baast, Ubaste, and Baset. The two uniting cultures had deities that shared similar roles and usually the same imagery. In Upper Egypt, Sekhmet was the parallel warrior lioness deity to Bast. Often similar deities merged into one with the unification, but that did not occur with these deities with such strong roots in their cultures. Instead, these goddesses began to diverge. During the Twenty-Second Dynasty (c. 945–715 BC), Bast had changed from a lioness warrior deity into a major protector deity represented as a cat. Bastet, the name associated with this later identity, is the name commonly used by scholars today to refer to this deity. This is a Museum Quality Bastet Feline Figurine and a Highly Desired Piece of Art by Serious Collectors - Buy it now before someone else does it.