Figure of a Cat
The function of this statue is not certain. Although similar images had large cavities to hold the mummies of cats, this statue is solid. Perhaps it served as a temple offering to a deity. The faience scarab on the top of the head is, appropriately, a solar symbol. The various deities who manifested themselves as felines were all closely associated with the sun god Re, and Re himself could appear as a cat.
- Medium: Wood (sycamore fig), gilded gesso, bronze, copper, pigment, rock crystal, glass
- Geographical Location: Saqqara, Egypt
- Dates: 305 B.C.E.-1st century C.E.
- Period: Ptolemaic Period-Roman Period
- Dimensions: 26 3/8 x 7 1/4 x 19 in. (67 x 18.4 x 48.3 cm)
- Collection: Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: Brooklyn Museum, BMA, SPECIAL EXHIBITION, 3-Rotating 3G18
- Accession Number: 37.1945E
- Image: 37.1945E_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 0,