Statuette of a Seated Cat
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Special Exhibitions, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
Although initially depicted as a lioness, the goddess Bastet was later represented as a cat. Because the dominant orientation of Egyptian written language requires hieroglyphs of humans and animals to face right, cats’ tails are always depicted on the cat’s right side, in both two- and three-dimensional images.
ca. 664-342 B.C.E.
XXVI Dynasty-XXX Dynasty
5 1/4 x 1 5/8 x 3 3/4 in. (13.3 x 4.1 x 9.5 cm) (show scale)
Gift of Mrs. Nasli Heeramaneck
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Statuette of a Seated Cat, ca. 664-342 B.C.E. Bronze, 5 1/4 x 1 5/8 x 3 3/4 in. (13.3 x 4.1 x 9.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Nasli Heeramaneck, 78.243. Creative Commons-BY
installation, West Wing gallery 8 installation, CUR.78.243_wwg8.jpg
. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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One bronze figurine of a cat. A wadjet eye amulet is incised on the neck and a sacred beetle in raised relief on forehead; both ears pierced; hollow cast.
Condition: Gash down right side from face to back, continuing to behind crown of head, belly and rear of front paws incrusted.
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