Cat Amulet on Petit sodalite beads - Museum Shop Collection
940 - 730 B.C.
Cats were considered sacred in ancient Egypt. They represented Bastet, the cat-headed goddess of Bubastis, a city in the northeastern delta of Lower Egypt. Originally linked to the sun god Re, Bastet came to be associated with the life preserving power of the sun, the protection of women, felicity and joy. Our cat is a reproduction of a faience (glazed earthenware) amulet. Cat amulets were commonly worn on necklaces during the 22nd and 23rd dynasties to invoke the blessing of Bastet.
Height 3/4", Width 3/8"
Materials: Cat charm is pewter with gold finish, 2 or 3 mm sodalite beads. Lobster claw closure.
Length: 17 inches
Made in the U.S.A.