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Archeological Object

Cat statue


The bronze sculpture, probably once covered with gold leaf, represents a cat, an animal sacred to the goddess Bastet.
The cat, shown with real life dimensions, is lying in the most common and widespread representation: sitting on its hind legs with its tail wrapped around its right thigh. The object has been created with particular emphasis on the back muscles with accentuation of the back arch. The eyes, now lost, were probably of glass paste and embedded in eye sockets; the statue shows the traditional gold earring in his left ear.

Further information
Identificazione (Label is not translated)
  Inventory number: E.0.9.40324
Object
  Class and ware: Sculpture
Cronologia (Label is not translated)
  Period: Late period
Dati_tecnici (Label is not translated)
  Material: Bronze
  Height: 17cm
Bibliography
  Bibliography:

1979, Lise G. “Musei e Gallerie di Milano. Museo Archeologico: raccolta egizia”, Milano,p. 161 (cat.258)
1999, Marocchetti E. F.  in Tiradritti F.  (a cura di) “Il cammino di Harwa. L’uomo di fronte al mistero: l’Egitto”, Milano, p. 165, cat. 165

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