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Bast by redheaded-step-child Bast by redheaded-step-child
The magnificent Solar Goddess, Bast (or Bastet) is the great Egyptian Goddess of Cats and protector of women and children. All cats were treated as her own children, and were themselves highly revered, being presented jewelry by their owners, often eating from the same plates, and given special funeral rites and rituals upon their deaths. Bast is also associated with perfumery, as her name (as Bastet) translates to "She of the Ointment Jar" earning her the epithet "Perfumed Protector", and is one of the avenging Eyes of Ra, protecting and avenging her people.

This was my first painting in about 6 months, so Bast has become very special to me! I don't have a new desk yet in my new place, so I painted her while sitting cross-legged on the floor with my two cats running around wreaking havoc until they settled down to watch me paint. :giggle:
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Aberash-Tigeress Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010
awesome pic
wouldn't your cat try to paw at your brushes ? mines goes after my pen when I am drawing lol
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van-goghbutterflies Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010
This is so gorgeous...I love love love the detail of her wearing a cat mask rather than having the head of a cat. :) She really is beautiful, I love the style you used and I love the kitties swirling out within her robes. :)
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xhelena-the-spiffyx Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009
I love it! The details are very interesting, and this is the best and most interesting representation I've ever seen
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:iconredheaded-step-child:
Wow, thank you for the lovely compliment! :hug:
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Seshennu Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009
Everything about this is beautiful. She looks so graceful. Thank you for drawing and sharing this. =)
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:iconredheaded-step-child:
Thank you for the lovely comments!
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dianielle Featured By Owner May 13, 2009
i loveeeee it its beautiful
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sombrefeline Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hello! This picture has been featured in my journal ( [link]) and in a news ([link] )
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zaradei Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2008
I love this one so much!!
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redheaded-step-child Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008
Thank you! I'm glad you like it! :D
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