Sketchbook Page 12: Bastet

September 3, 2010 § Leave a comment

Bastet: from Egyptian Sketchbook

Bastet is the name commonly used by scholars today to refer to the feline goddess of the Ancient Egyptian religion.

In the first millennium BC, when domesticated cats were commonly kept as pets, Bastet began to be represented as a woman with the head of a cat.

This is the fourth of a series of preliminary sketches for a series of much larger drawings (measuring 1.5m x 1.5m) that will represent the skulls of various Egyptian animal-headed deities at a god-like scale (see also Sketchbook Page 9: The Set(h) Animal, Sketchbook Page 10: Thoth, Sketchbook Page 11: Horus and Sketchbook page 13: Anubis.

The tribal tattoo motifs on this drawing connect with those on the Jawbone of the Whale (see Sketchbook Page 1) and with those on Anubis (see Sketchbook Page 13).

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