Bast Cat Goddess Earrings. Egyptian Revival/ Art Deco Inspired. Lapis Lazuli, Turquiose, Carnelian Beads & Glass Cat Face. Gold Plated Wire.
Bast Cat Goddess Earrings. Eygyptian Revival/ Art Deco Inspired.
The inspiration for this design comes more from the Art Deco inspired jewellery made in the 1920’s after the discovery of the tomb of King Tutankhamen, rather than that of the true Ancient Egyptian style jewellery, but I have included the semi precious stones much loved and prized by the Ancient Egyptians- Carnelian, Turquoise and Lapis Lazuli. The the glass cat face is made of pressed Czech glass, which has burnished gold lowlights
Bast was the ancient Egyptian goddess of protection and cats. She was the daughter of Ra, the sun god. As protectress, she was seen as defender of the Pharaoh, and consequently of the chief god, Ra. Bast's real name is Bastet, Ubasti, and Pasht. She was worshipped at least since the Second Dynasty in Ancient Egypt. The centre of her cult was in Per-Bast (Bubastis in Greek), which was named after her. Originally she was seen as the protector goddess of Lower Egypt, and therefore her image was a fierce lion. Her name means (female) devourer. She was originally a goddess of the sun, but later changed by the Greeks to a goddess of the moon. In Greek mythology, Bast is also known as Aelurus.
The ancient Egyptians called Carnelian "the setting sun." In its orange hues, they identified it with the receptive or passive female energies, and associated it with the mother goddess, Isis. In its red, red-orange to reddish brown shades, they considered it the active male energy stone, recognized by its glowing vibrant colour. Carnelian is traditionally worn to enhance passion, love, and desire.
The Egyptians powdered Lapis Lazuli to make the colour ultramarine, and used it as eye shadow. It was one of the most favourite stones of the Egyptians. It was thought to be sacred to the star goddess Nuit of the heavens and to Maat, the goddess of truth and balance. If you wished to call upon one of these Goddesses, you placed a piece of Lapis Lazuli as an offering on your altar. The Egyptian Sun god Ra was also described as having Lapis Lazuli hair, which was symbolic of the heavens. The association may have come about due to the golden 'Sun' flecks in the blue stone. The stone continued to have such positive symbolic associations into Late Period Egypt, becoming known as 'kheshed', which meant 'joy' or 'delight'. Protective amulets and talismans were often carved onto this precious stone.
The ancient Egyptians used the stone for its protective qualities and thought that it would protect one from doom and an untimely death. It was also thought to make one less vulnerable and was aptly placed on swords, turbans and knives.
✩Size (all measurements are approximate)✩
6cm from top of finding to bottom
These earrings come with very secure lever back findings (as pictured) which are suitable for pierced ears. But can be replaced (free of charge) with:
*large kidney wires, suitable for wearing though gauged tunnels, or if you prefer a longer earring (this will add approximately 2.5cm to the overall length).
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Your purchase will come gift wrapped in a lovely organza bag, acid free coloured/patterned tissue paper (colour+patterns may vary depending on season/item) and a sturdy outer packing mini corrugated cardboard box, ready to give as a loving gift to someone special or for a treat for yourself.
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If you like these earrings see my other listings for a beautiful co-ordinating necklace, or if none are listed message me and request a custom design.