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Statuette of a Cat
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Statuette of a Cat


Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Credit
Description Representations of cats were popular in ancient Egypt, particularly in Bubastis, the cult center of the love- and fertility-goddess Bastet, who is represented either as a cat or as a woman with a cat's head. During the Late and Greco-Roman periods (6th-1st century BC), people donated cat figures (associated with fertility, love, and protection) to temples throughout Egypt. This cat is adorned with golden earrings, a beaded collar, and a necklace with a "wedjat"-eye pendant, which symbolizes the protection of the sun god.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
9/17/1959Treatmentcleaned
1/14/1965Treatmentcleaned
9/27/1965Treatmentcleaned
9/01/1979Treatmentcleaned
10/24/2008Treatmentloss compensation; cleaned; other
Exhibitions
  • Mummified. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2008-2013.
Provenance Sheik of the Pyramids; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1930 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1930

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Period
4th century BC (Late Period)
Medium
bronze, gold
(Metal)
Accession Number
54.2130
Measurements
H: 7 x W: 2 1/2 x D: 4 5/8 in. (17.78 x 6.35 x 11.75 cm)
Geographies
  • Egypt (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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