Statue of a cat



Accession Number
W86
Current Location
House of Death (ground floor), Animals case
Object Type
Sculpture, Statue
Periods
Late Period to Graeco-Roman Period
Material
Metals/alloys (Copper alloy)
Provenance
Egypt, Bubastis, Tell Basta
Measurements
Height: 58mm | Width: 29mm | Depth: 74mm
Number of Elements
1
Animal
Cat

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Description

A copper alloy figure of a crouching cat. Such cats were either votive offerings, or were put on the top of cat coffins. Cats were sacred to the goddess Bastet whose cult centre was in Bubastis in the Eastern Delta. It likely dates to the Twenty-sixth Dynasty. It was purchased by Wellcome in 1906 from the collection of Robert de Rustafjaell.