10 December 2004
AN EGYPTIAN BRONZE CAT
LATE PERIOD, DYNASTY XXVI-XXX, 664-343 B.C.
Depicted seated with the forelegs and paws together, the tail wrapped around the right side of the body, the musculature well defined, the erect head frontal, the ears pierced and detailed by incision, the pupils of the eyes and the nostrils recessed, the whiskers, nose and mouth naturalistically rendered, wearing an incised broad collar and wadjet-eye amulet suspended from a necklace, a Hpr-scarab incised on the crown of the head
5¼ in. (13.3 cm.) high
Joseph Ternbach Collection.
Acquired by the current owner in 1968.
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For a similar example in the British Museum see fig. 68, p. 103 in Málek, The Cat in Ancient Egypt.
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