An Egyptian bronze cat with original catalogue note
Lot 8*
An Egyptian bronze cat
Sold for £45,600 (US$ 76,645) inc. premium
Lot Details
An Egyptian bronze cat
Late Period, circa 664-32 B.C.
Hollow cast, shown sitting upright with the tail curled to the right side, the body with stippled surface, wearing a Bes-headed pectoral suspended on a cord, with original gold earrings, the well defined features with recessed eyes and incised whiskers, the base with a tenon at the front and rear, 6in (15cm) high, mounted

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Swiss private collection. Acquired from Boulad Gallery, New York in 1958 and accompanied by copies of collection notes.

    Literature:
    For a discussion of how such bronze cats were often placed on the top of bronze boxes containing mummified cats, cf. S. D'Auria et al, Mummies and Magic, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1988, p. 234, fig. 191.
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