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Cowroid with wish for Bastet
  • CollectionCollection Egypt
  • Research projectsGlypcol
  • Inventory numberE.05352
  • Object nameStamp seal
  • TitleCowroid with wish for Bastet
  • CultureEgyptian
  • GeographyPlace of production: Egypt (Africa > North Africa)
    Place of discovery: Unknown
  • Date-945 / -715
  • Period22nd dynasty (Egypt > Third Intermediate Period)
  • MaterialSteatite (mineral) (Stone > Mineral)
  • DimensionsHeight: 2,4 cm, Width: 1,2 cm, Depth: 0,8 cm
  • OwnerMusées Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire / Koninklijke Musea voor Kunst en Geschiedenis
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The base of this seal amulet in the shape of a kauri shell shows hieroglyphs which form a wish, directed to the cat goddess Bastet: “di Bastt nfr w”, ‘[May] Bastet give many good things’. A monkey standing on its hind legs holds the hieroglyph “nfr”, ‘good, beautiful’. Above, the triangle “di”, ‘give’, the vase “bAs” and the sign “t”. Seal amulets with this wish date between the 19th and 22nd dynasty, especially from the 22nd dynasty.