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Head of a Cat

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

  • Place Made: Egypt
  • PERIOD Ptolemaic Period to Roman Period
    DIMENSIONS 3 3/4 x 3 5/16 x 2 1/2 in. (9.5 x 8.4 x 6.3 cm)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CREDIT LINE 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
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION 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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