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Cat Coffin

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

MEDIUM Wood, gesso, animal remains
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES 664 B.C.E. or later
    PERIOD Late Period or later
    DIMENSIONS 11 5/8 x 3 5/16 x 5 5/16 in. (29.6 x 8.4 x 13.5 cm)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 37.1940E
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Cat Coffin, 664 B.C.E. or later. Wood, gesso, animal remains, 11 5/8 x 3 5/16 x 5 5/16 in. (29.6 x 8.4 x 13.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1940E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.1940E_threequarterright_PS9.jpg)
    IMAGE 37.1940E_threequarterright_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2016
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION The coffin container is fashioned as a funerary sculpture of a seated cat. Short incised lines mimicking fur appear on its body. The cat is seated upright, supported by two bases. In the back, the base is made up of its tail end seated on the floor. In the front, the cat’s two front paws, joined at the base, extend forward and away from the body. There is no protruding tail on its own. The contours of the body and head are emphasized by close molding. The ears are large and stick up from the head. The sculpture depicts the eye cavities, the bones of the nose, and a small horizontal opening of the mouth. The rounded chest puffs out. The individual toes of its front paws are carved.
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