Figure of a Cat
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: Wood (sycamore fig), gilded gesso, bronze, copper, pigment, rock crystal, glass
- Place Made: 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) (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: 37.1945E
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Figure of a Cat, 305 B.C.E.-1st century C.E. Wood (sycamore fig), gilded gesso, bronze, copper, pigment, rock crystal, glass, 26 3/8 x 7 1/4 x 19 in. (67 x 18.4 x 48.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund , 37.1945E. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Good (79%)