Egyptian / Cat / ca. 1991-1783 B.C.E.Egyptian
ca. 1991-1783 B.C.E.

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Creator Nationality: African; North African; Egyptian
Creator Name-CRT: Egyptian
Title: Cat
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: -199
Creation End Date: -178
Creation Date: ca. 1991-1783 B.C.E.
Object Type: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: Egyptian alabaster (calcite)
Dimensions: H. 5 1/2 in. (11.4 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 1990.59.1
Credit Line: Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1990

The cat first appears in painting and relief at the end of the Old Kingdom, and this cosmetic jar is the earliest-known three-dimensional representation of the animal in Egyptian art. The sculptor demonstrates a keen understanding of the creature's physical traits, giving the animal the alert, tense look of a hunter rather than the elegant aloofness seen in later representations. The rock-crystal eyes, lined with copper, enhance the impression of readiness.

AMICA ID: MMA_.1990.59.1
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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