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Wildcat Bast 2 by merimask Wildcat Bast 2 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 sepia with gold accents.

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 "light" with pale brown stripes.

Signed, dated & numbered, this "Wildcat Bast #2", commissioned from my online Etsy shop: [link]
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Bast-Incarnation Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
Simplicity at its finest ;)
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Kurotorasempai Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Student Digital Artist
The detail is astounding. I like the inside of the ears and the marks around the eyes
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GreyDaisy Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010
Beautiful!
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Pyore Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010
Its...its...so beautiful...such wonderful markings...the carved pelt and the eyes...Love it...
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MyntKat Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This deviation has been included in the Costumery Week Feature - Masks. :)
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petrova Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010  Hobbyist
I like this one more than the one with darker stripes. It blends better. It just popped! Both are lovely though.
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merimask Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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Athalour Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2010   General Artist
Beautiful detail, as always! And the colours are superb - so warm and cat-like :aww:
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merimask Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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larrysleather Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Very nice work, so detailed.
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