Bastet, or Bast, was the cat goddess. She was shown either as a cat or as a woman with a cat's head.


Bastet was the daughter of Ra, and patron goddess of the city of Bubastis in Lower Egypt. After the New Kingdom she became an important national god. Cats were seen as her sacred animals and often mummified and buried with their owners.


Like Hathor Bastet was a goddess of pleasure and liked music and dance. She is often shown holding the sistrum. Like Sekhmet she was the wife of Ptah and is often confused with the lioness god.