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Smiling Egyptian cat-goddess Bast

Description: The smiling Egyptian cat-goddess Bast. Made in lapis-lazuli and adorned with golden earrings. Ptolemaic, Egyptian, 3rd Century B.C. Exhibited in the North Wing, Hall of Religion at the Century of Progress. ["The cat is wearing earrings. The cat is dark and has big scary eyes but it is smiling like it is happy. The cat's nose looks like a person's nose."]

Creator: Unknown

Contributors: Century of Progress International Exposition


Date: ca. 1933-1934


Identifier: COP_17_0002_00022_019


Format: Photograph


Source: Century of Progress records

Collection: Century of Progress World’s Fair, 1933-1934 (University of Illinois at Chicago)

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago Library


Rights: This image may be used freely, with attribution, for research, study and educational purposes. For permission to publish, distribute, or use this image for any other purpose, please contact Special Collections and University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago Library, 801 South Morgan St., Chicago, IL 60607. Phone: (312) 996-2742; email:

Attribution: [Identifier], Century of Progress Records, University of Illinois at Chicago Library.

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Sponsorship: Funded by a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant awarded by the Illinois State Library under Jesse White; Secretary of State.


Notes: Some description was generated by students in Grade 5.


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