Head of a Cat
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
Ptolemaic Period to Roman Period
3 3/4 x 3 5/16 x 2 1/2 in. (9.5 x 8.4 x 6.3 cm)
This item is not on view
Gift of Evangeline Wilbour Blashfield, Theodora Wilbour, and Victor Wilbour honoring the wishes of their mother, Charlotte Beebe Wilbour, as a memorial to their father, Charles Edwin Wilbour
The head is of conventional form with ears standing erect, the base finished off evenly indicating that the piece was attached to a separate coffin or similar object.
The ears are decorated with lightly incised horizontal lines and are pierced for earrings which are missing. On the forehead is a small rim or edging frequently found on these objects and presumably intended to contain an inlay. The workmanship is very good and the piece is quite spirited.
Condition: The object now has a beautiful red and green patina. There are numerous spots of light green suggesting the color of the old incrustation. There is a large gap on the front of the base of the neck. Otherwise the object is in perfect condition.
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