Egyptian Bastet, Cat Urn, Hand Painted cookie jar

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  • Item Category: Ethnic, Folk & Native American Art
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: May 21, 2008
  • Channel: Auction House
This beautiful ceramic Ancient Egyptian styled lidded urn/amphora has the head of Bastet for handles, bas relief designs of Bastet around the widest part, and geometric designs around the footed pedestal. The pot measures 12 1/2 inches tall, including the lid and 7 inches in diameter at its widest point. The entire urn is hand-painted with rich blue, turquoise, red, black and metallic gold paints.This urn makes a great present for anyone interested in Ancient Egyptian decor. It makes a great accent piece in a living rooms, and makes a perfect centerpiece in formal dining rooms. Don't miss out on this great piece at a great price. Get yours now!Bastet was the goddess of fire, cats, of the home and pregnant women. According to one myth, she was the personification of the soul of Isis. She was also called the "Lady of the East". CAT CERAMIC COOKIE JAR EGYPT URN BASTET GODDESS THIS HAND-PAINTED & STATELY AMPHORA TYPE URN GIVES PRAISE TO BASTET (An ancient Egyptian goddess, daughter of Ra and agent of his vengeance, often depicted as a lioness or cat.) The timeless style and mystery of ancient Egyptian culture has become a popular choice for families seeking unique funeral urns. Rich symbolism and ancient signs of protection transcend into modern culture as cremation burial urns. Egyptians revered cats, and archeologists have discovered the mummified remains of cats in the tombs of dead pharaohs. Replicas of canopic jars found in the Valley of the Kings have been updated to use as pet urns complete with hieroglyphics. The Bastet urn is a popular choice for Egyptian cat urns. The protective image of Bastet can be found on Egyptian tombs portrayed with the head of a domestic cat. Bastet was a goddess and was considered the personification of the soul of Isis. Bastet seemed to have two sides to her personality, docile and aggressive. Her gentle side was displayed in her duties as a protector of the home and pregnant women. Her aggressive and vicious nature was exposed in the accounts of battles in which Bastet slaughtered her victims in order to protect the pharaoh. Festivals for Bastet were celebrated in April and May. A good rule to keep in mind when trying to determine urn size is one cubic inch is equal to one pound of body weight. Egyptian culture and style is has been a significant part of history and continues to be reflected in cremation burial urns. People appreciate the timeless style and mysteries associated with ancient Egyptian culture and incorporate some of the same rich meanings of the times to "protect" their loved one that passed on.