Bastet - San Jose, CA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Metro2
N 37° 20.008 W 121° 55.376
10S E 595414 N 4132409
Quick Description: This sculpture is in San Jose's San Jose's Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 1/7/2015 7:02:05 AM
Waymark Code: WMN6XM
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
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Long Description:
The Museum placard accompanying this statue of what otherwise appears to be a simple cat, indicates that it is a bronze work from the "Late Period" and that Bastet was "known as the protector of the home..."

Wikipedia (visit link) adds:

"Bastet was a goddess in ancient Egyptian religion, worshiped 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."
Time Period: Ancient

Approximate Date of Epic Period: 2000 BC

Epic Type: Religous

Exhibit Type: Figure, Statue, 3D Art

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