Egyptian Diorite Amulet of a Cat
An ancient Egyptian black and white diorite amulet of a seated cat on an integral plinth, with suspension loop on the back.
Saite Period, 26th Dynasty,
The female cat was seen as the earthly manifestation of Bastet, goddess of Joy. Her cult center was at Bubastis in the Nile Delta. Here the carefully mummified bodies of highly revered cats have been found in great numbers.
cf.: C. Andrews, Amulets of Ancient Egypt, (Texas, 1994), no. 64f.
Formerly in the collection of Christian Grand, Zurich, acquired in the late 1930's; subsequently in a German private collection.