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Archeological Object

Cat statue


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 and chest. The attention to detail, typical of the art of the Saitic Period, is in this case used fully also in the attention to the front legs, often made with less care in this type of objects and the particulars of the face, for example, the etched whiskers. The eyes, now lost, were probably of glass paste and embedded in eye sockets and the chest of the animal was decorated with a necklace made of plant motifs, of which traces still remain engraved under the neck. The casting points are visible in various parts of the surface.

Further information
Identificazione (Label is not translated)
  Inventory number: inv. 178
Precedenti_localizzazioni (Label is not translated)
  Provenance: Unknown
Object
  Class and ware: Bronzes
  Title or subject:

Cat statue

Cronologia (Label is not translated)
  Period: XXV - XXVI Dynasty
Dati_tecnici (Label is not translated)
  Material: Bronze
  Height: 36
  Varie: Conservation status: excellent.
Bibliography
  Bibliography:

1983, Donatelli L., “La raccolta egizia di Giuseppe Acerbi”, Mantova, p. 41