Bastet and Apep
Colored Pencil and Ink Pen Drawing for Sale
Bastet and Apep © 2013 Monica Gunderson - All Rights Reserved; Unauthorized Reproduction Prohibited
Bastet and Apep
Ink pen and colored pencil drawing of the Egyptian cat goddess, Bastet with her paw on Apep. The drawing depicts the nightly battle between the ancient Egyptian cat goddess, Bastet (also known as "Bast") and the ancient Egyptian serpent deity of chaos, Apep (also known as Apophis).
Matted with archival white matting and foam core board backing.
Original Drawing comes with a Certificate of Authenticity with the Artists' signature.
Matted Size: 16 x 12 inches
The Story Behind the Art:
Bastet was one of the popular goddesses in ancient Egypt history. Bastet (also known as "Bast") was viewed as a protector of Egypt, patron of the moon, a goddess of fire, fertility, childbirth, and a bringer of dance, merriment, music, and good fortune. She is derived from the lion headed goddess, Bast who was a goddess of Lower Egypt and patron of the sun. Bastet was commonly depicted as a woman with a cat head, and was highly associated with felines. In fact, during ancient Egypt times, it was a crime to kill or harm cats. Cats were also kept at Bastet's shrine and when a cat would die, the priests would mummify the cat and present it as an offering to Bastet. Cats were also kept as pets during ancient Egypt, and there has been evidence depicted in ancient tomb paintings of Egyptians hunting with their cats. Bastet was even accepted as a deity by the Greeks as Ailuros. Ancient remains from Bastet temples have been discovered in the ancient city of Alexandria and even in Rome, Italy, and Pompeii meaning Bastet was worshiped and wide spread long after ancient Egypt fell.
The mythology depicted in this drawing delves deeper than the goddess Bastet, there is a story behind it as well. Read the full story behind the artwork.
Monica Gunderson Fine Artist