This set of Bast (Bastet) prayer beads in lapis includes twelve beads, a reminder of the twelve parts of the Duat, the world of the Egyptian afterlife. The string is joined by an additional bead and a pendant representing the goddess: a cat. Bast is often depicted in art as a woman with the head of a cat.
It is made with 10mm dyed lapis lazuli gemstone beads, separated by silver-toned metal spacer beads, and glass seed beads to provide a comfortable transition from one bead to the next and to make the piece lightweight, supple, and easy to handle. The string itself is approximately 11" (28cm) in circumference and is designed to be used in prayer and meditation, to decorate an altar or shrine, and/or to adorn a statue. The small size makes it easy to keep on hand in a drawer, a purse, or a pocket.
The beads come with a prayer to Bast, written specifically to be used with this prayer bead design, and with a cotton muslin bag for storage.
You can, of course, use the beads with any prayers, or for any god or gods, that you choose or that resonate with you.