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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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:iconmerimask:
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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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
The pale color scheme is so elegant with this new design. Also love the balance of natural vs. stylized!
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merimask Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
I contemplated beefing up the outlines of the gold "Egyptian motif" details, but in the end I left it subtle. It blends so neatly, you really have to study the mask to see the parts that take her from "cat" to "goddess". :-)
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ArtbyMaryC Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I love brown toned stripes on cats!
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merimask Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Me too...she's very golden-sandy. :-)
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KittieShade Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010
I don't know why, but I really like this one compare to the other one. The markings seem more sand coloured and more elegant, something you expect from an an Egyptian cat goddess!!
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merimask Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) She is a sandy-colored cat I agree...like something you might see prowling in the dunes of the Sahara...
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Agorphia Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the warm tones in this one!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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lonewylfe Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010
I'm leaning toward liking this one more, but I think it's because dangly things annoy me. They're both quite lovely with such wonderful stripe patterns! They remind me of flames and the ear patterns remind me of sun rays.
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merimask Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
The ear design is actually called a "sun ray motif" that you see all the time in Egyptian art. The sun god Ra was sort of the "chief" god and all the other gods incorporate his sun rays somewhere in their designs. :-)
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lonewylfe Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010
Oh, I see. That's pretty neat!
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Nightbow Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
yay! I've missed seeing your masks in my deviations feed.

What always gets me about your masks is the fur detail. It's so intricate and it really does add extra realism to them.
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) Yeah, life has been...interesting lately in a Chinese-curse sort of way.
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Nightbow Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahh the Chinese-curse interesting. I hope things calm down soon then. Don't push yourself too hard and don't let obnoxious people push you either ;)
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jan3ll3 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010
wow, this one is great with your colors and it looks like my small, orange cat !! cute (: <3 !
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merimask Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) Real African Wild Cats are cute like that too...some look amost exactly like ginger tabby house cats.
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Treyos Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I'm liking this one better; the stripes are more subtle. The darker ones stand out more, but seem a bit distracting from the overall look. Love the ear design, btw. =^_^=
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merimask Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) Yep, the sun-ray motif is so quintessentially Egyptian that I had to do the ears that way.
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dragona742 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looks good. Though, I like the black version more. Don't know why... Still a very good design :clap:
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merimask Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) I do think the black is more striking & wild-looking, too.
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curiouser-etc Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010
I love how you draw your designs from real animals, it makes them that much cooler! I am always amazed at your skill, and your patience, it must take forever to carve all of those hairs! I think the finished product is worth it though, truly stunning.
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) It does take a while but I think the end result is worth the effort.
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NiniriAZ Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010
Love the mixture of realism and traditional Egyptian motifs in this and the other one. Beautiful pieces!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) I agree. I did the markings & fur carving as realistically as possible.
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NiniriAZ Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010
And I dare say you succeeded!
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Falkenkralle Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
The combination of the gold egypt patterns together with the real looking fur is great. :-) I like this one best, but both light and dark versions are really nice.
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merimask Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
This one is a bit more monochromatic. I think if the wearer is going to wear some kind of all-gold gown this one is absolutely perfect. :-)
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dragonarya7 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010
Very beautiful. The details are amazing and I love the colours.
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merimask Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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dragonarya7 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010
You're most welcome :D
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smokewithoutmirrors Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010  Professional General Artist
I think I prefer the colours on this one. :) The lighter stripes make the whole mask a lot more subtle. Great work!
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merimask Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
She looks a bit less wild...a bit more feminine perhaps. :-)
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Bleed4Love Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010
She's so pretty! Love the colors. :D
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merimask Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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