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Bast of the Sun by BohemianWeasel Bast of the Sun by BohemianWeasel
Bast (also 'Bastet' ) the Egyptian cat-headed goddess in her earlier days when she was a solar deity, a lioness, and protector of Lower Egypt. Later she would be diminished to a lunar deity and a mere housecat. The little cat shown here however is Bast's own.

Mixed media sketch card 2.5 x 3.5 inches, an Artist Return card for the Trading card set 'Legends & Lore' from sadlittles.com.
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ultimatede Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015
This is really cool, such an interesting style
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TheTigerNamedFox Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great goddess and wonderful work! 
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AzraelIsMyName Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome.
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goldsutyoutube Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011
aah this is neet
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Carringd Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
very intense
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Starlace Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011   Traditional Artist
Haha man, demoted to mere lunar deity and housecat. Just one of those days (probably, Monday.) Gorgeous art.
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ShurumiTattoomi Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011
Bast becoming a Lunar deity was more appropriate because she is female...
this was not a diminishing thing - it was elevating her to her proper level.

She was a solar deity during the time of Aton who destroyed everything lunar - opting for a more male dominated solar religion...
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danka-ns Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011
featured here:
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:iconasetnuit:
AsetNuit Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
I love yoru style of art, it's so original!
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Luthienne88 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wonderful... I love this one. :D
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:iconbohemianweasel:
BohemianWeasel Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009   Traditional Artist
Aww, thank you very much. :love:
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sekhmet-the-flame Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009
your bastet is beautiful! ;)

she was still a lioness in her late days, in the official sphere. but for the common people, a little gentle kitty was better to venerate ^^
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BohemianWeasel Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2009   Traditional Artist
It seemed like all the Egyptian gods became declawed to some extent with the Greeks and then the prudish Romans. ('O hai, I is Roman, let me absorb you.';)
I was curious though about Bast as a lioness as I'd only ever heard of Sekhmet as the lioness, and Bast (or diminuitive Bastet) as the cat.
(By the way, if you ever see Scotland you must visit the Burrell collection in Glasgow: largest collection of Sekhmet heads and statues I've ever seen, deeply awesome.)
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sekhmet-the-flame Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009
oah! i didn't know about that collection! thankies!

Nearly all the goddesses in their mythology, as gentle as they were, could be a fierce lioness and protect Ra their father. Sekhmet represents that dangerous part of the goddesses.
Egyptian mythology is so complicated!
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BohemianWeasel Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009   Traditional Artist
I think they all are! Especially when following cultures assimilate and alter the myths to suit themselves and their own beliefs. Not mentioning any names of course. ;)
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PAleft Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009
Bast was one of my favourite Egyptian goddesses, and the cat's very cute too :)
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BohemianWeasel Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009   Traditional Artist
It pleases me to think of people worshipping cats, even though they are horrid little bastards really. It was touch and go during the dark ages, what with all the witch-burning and cat persecution, but I think we're solidly back to cat-worshipping now (through the medium of cat food and pamperings).
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PAleft Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009
Lol, my mum often jokes I worship my cat ;p
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tonyperna Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm speechless............
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:iconbohemianweasel:
BohemianWeasel Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009   Traditional Artist
Cat got your tongue? :aww:
(Couldn't resist. :blush:)
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tonyperna Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
You silly gal. LOL!!
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Ebony-Draygon Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the detail and colours. Also love cats so it's a win-win situation :D
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BohemianWeasel Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009   Traditional Artist
Thanks! :hug:
I'm in training to be a craszy cat lady and so am surrounded by the little buggers; but Bast has inspired me to put *jewellery* on each and every one of them. :devil:
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Ebony-Draygon Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:D Oh, I'm sure they all really appricate that.
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JesterretseJ Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
bam!!! this is great Envy

my new PSC
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ElainePerna Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Gorgeous!! I really love this!!! :dance:
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BohemianWeasel Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009   Traditional Artist
Ta, honey! :)
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NapierArt Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009  Student
Love the colors :heart:
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BohemianWeasel Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009   Traditional Artist
Thanks. :) They were inspired by a lovely big (huge) scarab brooch in a museum.
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NapierArt Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009  Student
your welcome :)
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HomieBear Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009
Wow, nice one!
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BohemianWeasel Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009   Traditional Artist
Thanks. :aww:
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