|EGYPTIAN BRONZE CAT INSCRIBED FOR HOR-IRY SON OF PA-DI (?)
She is the embodiment of the goddess of joy, Bastet, seated in the traditional pose on an integrally cast base with hieroglyphic invocation to Osiris written twice: Live! Recitation by Osiris, (that he) may give life and health to Hori son of Pa-di [?] […?...] the East...
For Hori see RPNI251.8 and RPN251.17 both have Late Period variant writings; Hor-Iry is not attested in RPNI. Possible variants are: Hr-jr.w RPNI246.5; or even a writing of jr.t-Hr-jrw RPN42.11. For the father’s name PA-dj… there are numerous possibilities listed on several pages from RPNI page 121-126. The name means ‘the Gift of’ , it is commonly followed by a god’s name. Therefore the gift of the god N.
The text begins in the front center and reads back in both directions. The central hieroglyph on the front is heavily worn and may possibly be an ankh sign.
Late Dynastic, 664-332 BC
H. 4 in. (10 cm.)
Ex Belgian collection, acquired in the 1980s from an old antique dealer.
Published: J. Eisenberg, Art of the Ancient World, 2012, no. 195.