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March 26 2014

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New Arrival: Very attractive ancient Egyptian vivid blue faience cat seated on a base and wearing a collar, from the 26th Dynasty.

Cats were revered in ancient Egypt as they were the sacred animal of the sun god Ra and Bastet. The earliest Egyptian depiction of the cat took the form of three hieroglyph symbols, each representing seated cats. These formed part of the phrase ‘Lord of the City of Cats’ inscribed on a stone block from El-Lisht that may date as early as the reign of Pepy II, 2278-2184 BC. The Egyptian word for cat was the onomatopoeic term miw.
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February 21 2014

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Bronze Vessel
Yuan Dynasty - 1300’s AD

Bronze Asian two-piece animal shaped vessel, from the Yuan Dynasty, with two animals on the head and mouth. Its back with a removable lid, the small bird on the lid serving as the handle. The surface of the piece is adorned with raised geometric designs.
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Bronze Animal Statue
Qing Dynasty - 1700’s AD

Hollow bronze statue of a large cat hunting its prey. Its body is highly ornamented with intricate geometric patterns, including four stylized dragons. 

January 21 2014

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Ancient Egyptian limestone statue of a seated cat (Bast), with a smaller cat seated in the front, on a base with hieroglyphs. 26th Dynasty, 663-525 BC

January 14 2014

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Ancient Egyptian brown limestone container with a seated cat on the lid, two cartouches and one line of vertical hieroglyphs on the surface. Indented pedestal base. 26th Dynasty, 663-525 BC

September 19 2013

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Ancient Egypt. Carved and polished Lapis Lazuli laying cat, sacred to Ancient Egypt because of its hostility towards snakes. 
Ptolemaic, 305-30 BC

May 21 2013

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Ancient Egyptian limestone statue of a seated cat. Depicted here with a collar, a cartouche on each side, an Eye of Horus on the chest and an Ushabti between its front legs. Cats were revered by the ancient Egyptians as they were viewed as the sacred animal of the Sun God Ra. 26th Dynasty.

April 02 2013

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Ancient Egypt. Carved terracotta seated cat statue, the domestic pet and symbol of Bastet (Bast) and Ra wearing an incised collar on the neck, an earring on each ear, a beetle on the chest and a standing female figure. Egyptian hieroglyphics around the base. Traces of red. Ptolemaic. 305-30 BC (7 1/2" x 3 3/4")

April 01 2013

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Ancient Egypt. Carved black limestone seated cat with the image of an eagle on the chest, hieroglyphs on the base. Dirt patina. Ptolemaic. 305-30 BC (6 1/4" x 3 3/4" x 2")

March 28 2013

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Ancient Egypt. Carved black limestone laying mother cat nursing her three kittens. Dirt patina. Ptolemaic. 305-30 BC 
(4 ¾" x 2 ¾" x 2 ½")

November 14 2012

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Ancient Egyptian. Carved black limestone seated cat with a bird with opened wings to the chest, hieroglyphs to the base. Dirt patina. Ptolemaic. 305-30 BC (6" x 3 ¾" x 2")
Reposted bydivi divi

November 08 2012

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Ancinent Egyptian. Carved black limestone laying mother cat nursing her three kittens. On a base. Dirt patina. Ptolemaic. 305-30 BC
( 4 ¾" x 2 ¾" x 2 ½")

July 10 2012

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Sadigh Gallery's Ancient Egyptian Mummified Cat Head #29167

Ancient Egyptian. Linen mummified cathead, detailed in black to bring out the eyes, mouth and ears. Ptolemaic. Available to purchase at Sadigh Gallery.
Size: 3" x 2 1/2"
Date: 305-30 BC

In ancient Egypt, mummification of the cats was common. If they were pets, they were often mummified along with their owners in hopes of reuniting with their masters in the afterlife. Cats were also considered to be sacred animals to certain deities (such as Sekhmet and Bastet), and were mummified as offerings to those gods. Animal mummification as offerings to gods was extremly popular in the ancient Egypt.

Sacred animals were often kept at the temples. When people wanted to invoke to certain gods, they were allowed to "purchase" an animal to be mummified as an offering at the temple.


     
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July 06 2012

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Sadigh Gallery Ancient Egyptian Cat Amulets #40145

Carved soapstone cat amulets from Ancient Egypt.  Loop for wearability. Ptolemaic. 305-30 BC. 1" - ¾"

In ancient Egypt, the cats were popular as domestic pets, but at the same time regarded sacred as a symbol of Bastet (Bast) and Ra.
     

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