Bastet "From the 3rd millennium BC, she is depicted as either a fierce lioness or a woman with the head of a lioness.The lioness was the fiercest hunter among the animals in Africa, hunting in co-operative groups of related females. Originally she was viewed as the protector goddess of Lower Egypt; also seen as defender of the pharaoh, and consequently of the later chief male deity, Ra, who was also a solar deity, gaining her the titles Lady of Flame and Eye of Ra." @Wikipedia.org
Sadigh Gallery's Ancient Egyptian Terracotta Statue of a Cat
Carved terracotta seated cat statue, the domestic pet and symbol of Bastet (Bast) and Ra wearing an incised collar on the neck, an earring on each ear, a beetle on the chest and a standing female figure. Egyptian hieroglyphics around the base. Traces of red. Ptolemaic. 305-30 BC (7 1/2" x 3 3/4")
‘Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt’ at the Brooklyn Museum
From domesticated cats to mythic symbols of divinity, felines played an important role in ancient Egyptian imagery for thousands of years. "Cat's Head," in bronze and gold, from the Roman Period [Credit: Suzanne DeChillo/The New York Times] Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt explores the role of cats, lions, and other feline creatures in Egyptian mythology, kingship, and everyday life through nearly thirty different representations of cats from our world-famous Egyptian collection. Likely…
Charles K. Wilkinson | Cat Killing a Serpent | Twentieth Century; original New Kingdom | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
This facsimile painting copies a scene in the tomb of Sennedjem (TT 1) at Deir el-Medina in western Thebes. The cat killing the serpent is associated with Chapter 17 in the Book of the Dead.