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Cat with Kittens

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Description Representations of cats are well-known in Ancient Egypt from the 2nd millennium BC. The onomatopoetic Egyptian name was "miu" (mjw) for the male, and "mit" (mjjt) for the female cat. Egypt's economic base was agriculture and therefore rodent- and snake-hunting felines were very much appreciated. In terms of religious beliefs the male cat was connected to the sun-god, and the female cat to Bastet. Particularly in the Late and Greco-Roman Periods representations of the goddess as well as cats and cats with kittens became very popular to symbolize fertility and renewal. This amulet displays a seated female cat with a kitten in front of her. This kitten is facing the right and has the same posture as its mother. The amulet has a rectangular base and a loop on the back of the cat.
Date Description Narrative
  • Daily Magic in Ancient Egypt. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2006-2007.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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4th century BC (Late Period-early Greco-Roman)
Egyptian faience with blue-green glaze
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H: 1 13/16 x W: 5/16 x D: 1 in. (4.61 x 0.87 x 2.6 cm)
  • Egypt (Place of Origin)
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