8 June 2001
AN EGYPTIAN WOOD FIGURE OF A CAT
Late Period to Ptolemaic Period, 664-30 B.C.
Depicted seated with the fore-paws together, with faint traces of paint and gilding adhering to the gesso and linen surface, the eyes originally inlaid
8 in. (20.3 cm) high
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For a similar example see no. 15 in Bianchi, Egyptian Treasures.
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