8 June 2004
AN EGYPTIAN SILVER CAT
LATE PERIOD TO PTOLEMAIC PERIOD,
Depicted seated with its tail wrapped along the right side of its body, wearing a necklace incised with a wadjet-eye pendant, and a crescent-shaped earring in the pierced right ear
4¼ in. (10.7 cm.) high
with Ernst Brummer, 1964.
Joseph Ternbach; Sotheby's, New York, 24-25 Novemeber 1987, lot 262.
with Royal-Athena Galleries, New York, 1988.
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J.M. Eisenberg and R.S. Bianchi, Catalogue of the Egyptian and Near Eastern Bronzes in the Collection of John Kluge, New York, 1992, no. 88-39.
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