Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt

  • through January 15, 2018
  • Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington, DC
Cats' personalities have made them Internet stars today, but this isn't their first era of fame: In ancient Egypt, cats were associated with divinities, as revealed in this exhibition. Cat coffins and representations of the cat-headed goddess Bastet are among the extraordinary objects that reveal felines' critical role in religious, social and political life. Dating from the Middle Kingdom (2050–1800 BCE) to the Byzantine period, the nearly 70 works include statues, amulets and other luxury items decorated with feline features, which enjoyed special status among Egyptians. (The exhibition, organized by the Brooklyn Museum of Art, also dedicates a small section to cats' canine counterparts.)
Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
"Coffin for a Cat," 664–332 BCE or later, Wood, gesso, paint, animal remains.
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