Ivory Mask from Benin, Nigeria. "This African mask is carved out of ivory for the "Oba" (king) of Benin, and is believed to be dated from the 16th Century. This mask was actually not worn over the face, but rather as a pendant, either around the neck like a necklace or hanging from the king's hip, like a belt" (Artsology). See additional resources for teaching about/with this mask at: http://www.artsology.com/benin_mask.php
So cats became animals sacred to the solar deity. Egyptian Bast Bastet Cat Goddess Cat Leaning on Candle Pillar Statue. Tall and elegant she waits. This beautiful depiction of the cat headed Egyptian Goddess Bast is something to see.