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Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt

June 18, 2016 - September 11, 2016

Gallery 234
Figure of a Cat , 305 B.C.E. - 1st century C.E.. Wood (sycamore fig), gilded gesso, bronze, copper, pigment, rock crystal, glass, 26 3/8 x 7 1/4 x 19 in. (67 x 18.4 x 48.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum. Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund , 37.1945EFrom domesticated cats to mythic symbols of divinity, felines have played an important role in ancient Egyptian imagery for thousands of years. Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt explores the role of cats, lions, and other feline creatures in Egyptian mythology, kingship, and everyday life through approximately 80 different representations of cats from the Brooklyn Museum’s world-famous Egyptian collection.

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Image: Figure of a Cat , 305 B.C.E. - 1st century C.E.. Wood (sycamore fig), gilded gesso, bronze, copper, pigment, rock crystal, glass, 26 3/8 x 7 1/4 x 19 in. (67 x 18.4 x 48.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum. Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund , 37.1945E