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Collection Online as of February 26, 2024

Cat Coffin

Cat Coffin

305–30 BCE
(332 BCE–395 CE), Ptolemaic dynasty (305–30 BCE)
Overall: 51 x 14.1 x 24 cm (20 1/16 x 5 9/16 x 9 7/16 in.)
Location: 107 Egyptian

Did You Know?

A necklace appears to have been incised or scratched into the finished bronze; faint traces are visible on the chest.

Description

Although the cat is considered the most Egyptian of animals, as an object of worship the cat does not appear until late in Egyptian history. This unusually large statue of a cat was made to hold the mummified remains of a sacred cat. The coffin is, of course, hollow, with an open bottom. As usual, the animal’s tail is curled around its right side.
  • ?-1917
    Dikran G. Kelekian, New York, NY, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art
    1917-
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • The Cleveland Museum of Art. The Cleveland Museum of Art Handbook. Cleveland, OH: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1958. Mentioned and Reproduced: cat. no. 7 archive.org
    Kathman, Barbara A. A Cleveland Bestiary. Cleveland, OH; Cleveland Museum of Art, 1981. Reproduced: p. 37; Mentioned: p. 33, p. 62
    Berman, Lawrence M., and Kenneth J. Bohač. Catalogue of Egyptian Art: The Cleveland Museum of Art. Cleveland, OH: Cleveland Museum of Art, 1999 Reproduced and Mentioned: p. 438
  • The Silver Jubilee Exhibition. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (June 23-September 28, 1941).
    A Cleveland Bestiary. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (October 15-December 16, 1981).
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (1916). no. 163, p. 225
    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA (29 August 1952 - 2 April 1953).
    Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (1981b). no. 31
  • {{cite web|title=Cat Coffin|url=false|author=|year=305–30 BCE|access-date=26 February 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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https://www.clevelandart.org/art/1917.998