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Inlay in the Form of a Scarabeus

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

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.
  • Place Made: 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)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    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 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.1945E_37.1157E_detail_PS9.jpg)
    IMAGE group, detail, 37.1945E_37.1157E_detail_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2015
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Opaque blue glass inlay in the form of a scarabeus.
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