I am back with a paper graphic project, this time a quilled Egyptian cat statue of Bast or Bastet.
I got the idea to quill the Egyptian cat after I saw Agatha Cristie’s Poirot – The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb. At the end of the episode, the Belgian detective brings his secretary, Miss Lemon, a small, black statue of a cat as a souvenir. I have always been passionately curious about Ancient Egypt and now I wonder how come it took me so long to try to quill something related to it?
Bast or Bastet is a feline goddess of ancient Egyptian religion, initially depicted as a woman with the head of a lion. She was also known as the Eye of Ra and she was the patron of Sun, cats, women and secrets. Later on, Bastet became to be represented as a woman with the head of a cat or simply as a cat. After the contact with the Greeks, she changed to a moon goddess, probably because the Greeks associated her with Artemis. Bast’s importance in the Egyptian pantheon might be due to the great value placed on the domesticated cat by the Egyptians. The cats were highly revered because of their ability to combat vermin (like rats, mice and snakes) and some of them were even mummified and buried next to their owners.
I went with black and gold for this project, which I think creates a nice contrast against the white background. For the collar I used a beautiful metallic shimmering yellow paper. I’ve had these papers together with a shimmering white and navy blue for ages and I’m happy I finally got the chance to use at least one of them.
The total size of the frame is 17cm * 24cm and the border is 2cm wide. I am always following Inna’s tutorial when I have to make a paper frame because it’s so clearly explained. I used 120gsm paper for mine, but I strongly recommend a heavier one.
Next to the quilled Egyptian cat, I hand wrote the name “Bast” in hieroglyphs using a gold metallic gel ink pen and enclosed it an a cartouche which indicates that the text is a royal name.
I hope you liked my version of the Egyptian cat! Thank you for your visit!