Statuette of the Cat-headed Goddess Bastet
|Date||25th–22th century B.C.|
|Medium, technique||limestone, painted|
15.2 x 9.7 cm
|On view||This artwork can be displayed at the permanent exhibition|
The fragment presents a man with reddish-brown face and body wearing a shoulder-length wig. Following the Egyptian relief work, the artist put aside the perspectival representation and depicted the face in profile while the eye was painted frontally. Similarly, the shoulders and the torso are also represented in a frontal position. The eyebrow and the contour of the eye were highly emphasized since the Egyptians usually made up their eyes in daily life in order to protect themselves from strong solar sunlight and against eye diseases. A short beard can be observed on the chin indicating the noble origin of the owner.