In 1906 two caches were found buried close to the ancient temple dedicated to the feline goddess Bastet at Tell Basta, near modern Zagazig. Some of these pieces went to he Egyptian Museum in Cairo and others like these handsome vessels were purchased by the Metropolitan Museum. The hoards give us a glimpse of the splendor of the equipment associated with temple cult and festivals..
Discovered at Tell Basta during construction of the railway, 1906. Purchased by the Museum from Maurice Nahman, Cairo, 1907.
Lythgoe, Albert M. 1907. "Recent Egyptian Acquisitions." In The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, vol. 2, no. 12 (December), pp. 195–196.
Lilyquist, Christine 2012. "Treasures from Tell Basta: Goddesses, Officials, and Artists in an International Age." In Metropolitan Museum Journal, 47, p. 49, fig. 61, no. 40; p. 12, fig. 3; p. 60, fig. 84.