"Bast Goddess" 12" x 16" Acrylic and Archival Ink on a Cotton Canvas Sheet, 2005. The Egyptian Cat Goddess Bast, or Bastet, is believed to be the daughter Isis and Ra, the protector of home and family. She is both a Moon goddess and a Sun goddess, and her realm is love, joy, music, dance, fertility, happiness, sorcery, and wisdom, She is best known as the cat goddess, and sometimes mirrors the cat's fierce nature in her avenging aspect. The breed of cat I have painted as the Bast Goddess is the Egyptian Mau, the breed believed to be the represented in most of the ancient Egyptian art. It's very easy to see why the Egyptians believed these beautiful cats to be sacred servants of the gods.
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