Glass or precious stone inlays in the eyes once enhanced this cat’s lifelike appearance. The realistically rendered head also contains symbolic elements that are not immediately apparent. The incised details of fur on the ears evoke the shape of an ostrich feather, [feather hieroglyph], the hieroglyph for the goddess Maat—another daughter of Re, and the personification of truth and harmony.
Unlike simple loop earrings, which typically adorn cat’s heads like this one, these earrings follow the ornate style popular in Roman Egypt.
- Medium: Bronze, gold
- Place Made: Egypt
- Dates: 30 B.C.E. to third century C.E.
- Period: Roman Period
- Dimensions: 2 3/8 x 1 3/4 x 1 13/16 in. (6 x 4.4 x 4.6 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: 36.114
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Cat's Head, 30 B.C.E. to third century C.E. Bronze, gold, 2 3/8 x 1 3/4 x 1 13/16 in. (6 x 4.4 x 4.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 36.114. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Good (68%)