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Wildcat Bast 1 by merimask Wildcat Bast 1 by merimask
Here is a new design...the Lady Bast (Egyptian cat goddess of music, dancing and fertility) depicted with African Wildcat markings.

This mask is carved from one piece of 8oz tooling leather. Like all my masks, it is hand carved and shaped with no molds or forms, heat-set, and painted with colorfast Liquitex acrylics in antiqued medium brown, white and jet black with gold accents. For added fun (because Bast is a fun girl) I added gold-plated hoop earrings to her ears, which dangle and swing with your every move.

If you think about it, the African Wildcat is a good choice to use as inspiration for Bast, because these little wild cats are probably very similar in appearance to the first domesticated cats in Egypt. The source pictures I've seen show them in light & dark phases...this one is "dark" with black stripes.

Signed, dated & numbered, this "Wildcat Bast #1" is available right now in my Etsy shop. [link]
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IMonakoI Jun 26, 2012  Student General Artist
Beautiful mask! You really do amazing work. Here's a question for you, if someone designed a couple of masks for you for free just for fun that you can do what ever you want with would you actually make some of them? o o\
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merimask Jun 27, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Sometimes I do that when I have the time and I'm allowed artistic freedom to interpret the design in my own style. But that's only when I have the time. :) Which is not happening lately.
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IMonakoI Jun 27, 2012  Student General Artist
That's pretty cool. You're really inspiring I've always wanted to make many off the thing I love to do but I've been told so much that it's impossible to live that way.
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Very nice! The earrings are a great touch!
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Agorphia Jul 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the earrings!
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merimask Jul 12, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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dragona742 Jul 7, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looks good! I like the way you did the fur. It has something special... The gold in the ears is great too. The earrings is a great idea ^^ Good to see a nice design from you after such a long time.

(ps: how's life there?)
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merimask Jul 8, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) The earrings are very traditional actually; Bast was often depicted wearing one or two...sometimes more.

Life is...interesting. But hey, at least I'm still working so that's a good thing. :-)
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NiniriAZ Jul 7, 2010
Also lovely! I hope the lucky wearer will be delighted with them!
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merimask Jul 8, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) I sent her some pics and she's already in love.
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