AN EGYPTIAN WOOD CAT HEAD
PTOLEMAIC PERIOD, 304-30 B.C.
Probably detached from a cat-shaped coffin depicting the feline seated on its haunches, with alert upright ears, the surface preserving traces of a gesso coating and original pigment, the simplified facial features undoubtedly finished in now-missing pigment
4¼ in. (10.8 cm.) high
Miss Lily Place.
Minneapolis Institute of Art, 1929.
with Blumka Gallery, New York, 1958.
Estate of Greta S. Heckett, Pittsburgh; Sotheby's, New York, 21 May 1977, lot 309.
G.D. Scott, III, Exhibition catalogue, Temple, Tomb and Dwelling: Egyptian Antiquities from the Harer Family Trust Collection, San Bernardino, 1992, no. 13, pp. 28-29.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, periodically 1986-1991.
San Bernardino, University Art Gallery, California State University and elsewhere, Temple, Tomb and Dwelling: Egyptian Antiquities from the Harer Family Trust Collection, 8 January-30 December 1992.
For three related complete examples in the British Museum see no. 108 in Malek, The Cat in Ancient Egypt.