Figure of a Cat
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Special Exhibitions, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
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.
Wood (sycamore fig), gold leaf, gesso, bronze, copper, pigment, rock crystal, glass
305 B.C.E.-1st century C.E.
Ptolemaic Period-Roman Period
26 3/8 x 7 1/4 x 19 in. (67 x 18.4 x 48.3 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Figure of a Cat, 305 B.C.E.-1st century C.E. Wood (sycamore fig), gold leaf, 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
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