13 October 2008,
London, King Street
Price realised GBP 2,125
Estimate GBP 1,800 - GBP 2,200
AN EGYPTIAN SOLID CAST BRONZE CROUCHING CAT
LATE PERIOD, CIRCA 6TH-4TH CENTURY B.C.
With tail curled around right side, wearing an incised necklace, on an integral base in the form of the hieroglyph 's3'-sa (protection), mounted on later alabaster base inscribed "Cat, sacred to the Goddess Bastet"
2¼ in. (5.5 cm.) long
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For similar cats, cf. exhibition catalogue, Le don du Nil, Art Égyptien dans les collections suisses, Basel, 1978, p. 91, no. 329; and D. Arnold, An Egyptian Bestiary, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1995, p. 41, no. 46.
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English private collection, acquired in 1985.