Egypt, Late Period, 26th Dynasty or later
(ca. 663–-525 BC)
Statuette of Bastet
Adolph D. and Wilkins C. Williams Fund
The cat-headed goddess Bastet carries a sistrum (a rattle for making music) and a basket, perhaps for holding flowers. Bastet was a benevolent deity whose festivals included music and dance; here the goddess herself is dressed as a temple dancer.