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Mummiform statuettes
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The Cat Goddes
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Anthropoid sarcophagus
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Fragment of the Pashed book of the dead
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Models for sculptors
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Models for sculptors
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Block statue of dignitar
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Statue of Amenemhat III
Mummiform statuettes
The Cat Goddes
Anthropoid sarcophagus
Fragment of the Pashed book of the dead
Models for sculptors
Models for sculptors
Block statue of dignitar
Statue of Amenemhat III

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In the vast and complex repertoire of egyptian gods, the cat, although identified with different goddesses, was especially linked to the goddess Bastet from the 10th century BC, whose cult was centred in the Delta, in Bubastis. The goddess, initially represented as a lioness-goddess, in cat form became a symbol of femininity and protected the family hearth. The statues and mummies of cats, often inserted into empty bronze statuettes, were donated to the goddess by her devotees to win her favours. With the introduction of lost-wax casting, from the New Kingdom (16th century BC) and in particular during the Late Period (7th to 4th century BC ), replacing the more ancient hammered sheet bronze work, we witness the beginnings of serial production of statuettes of Egyptian deities in their

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