Inlay in the Form of a Scarabeus
Most cat statues of this type served as containers for cat mummies. Because this statue is solid, it must have functioned differently, perhaps as a temple offering. A scarab, symbolizing the morning sun, was frequently placed between the ears of such cats, perhaps an artistic interpretation of the stripes on a cat’s fur.
This text refers to these objects: ' 37.1945E; 37.1157E
- Medium: Glass
- Reportedly From: Egypt
- Dates: 305 B.C.E.-1st century C.E.
- Period: Ptolemaic Period to Roman Period
- Dimensions: 5/8 x 1/4 x 1 1/8 in. (1.7 x 0.7 x 2.8 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Special Exhibitions, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 37.1157E
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Inlay in the Form of a Scarabeus, 305 B.C.E.-1st century C.E. Glass, 5/8 x 1/4 x 1 1/8 in. (1.7 x 0.7 x 2.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1157E. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Good (77%)