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Model tambourine with Bastet boat

ref. : en.11138.2014 | 29 August 2014 | by Francis Leveque
céramique | first half of Ier millennium BC
Egypte (Haute Egypte) ( Egypte )
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Faience model tambourines such as this one were festival offerings to Bastet. It was found in 1903 in Egypt (without more precision), gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917.

Bastet is shown on one side, her boat with naos on the other. It is dated Third Intermediate Period (1069-664).

Dimensions :
- h. 16 cm (6 5/16 in)
- w. 23.5 cm (9 1/4 in)

Bastet, like the other great goddesses, is associated with the myth in which a daughter or quasi-daughter of the god Re had to be lured back to Egypt from self-imposed exile in Nubia. At festivals in Bubastis celebrating Bastet’s return, the goddess sailed upon her Isheru, or temple lake, which is the event being illustrated on the model tambourine.