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Cat

664-30 BC

Bronze and gold

Overall: 9.2 x 2.3 x 5.5 cm (3 5/8 x 7/8 x 2 3/16 in.); without tang: 7.5 cm (2 15/16 in.)

Bequest of John L. Severance 1942.776

Description

Cats were the sacred animal of Bastet, Egyptian goddess of fire, cats, and protector of the home. Sitting upright in a pose characteristic of these feline figurines, this bronze cat adorned with an embossed pendant and gold earring was made as a votive offering to be deposited with the deceased.

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