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The Cat in Ancient Egypt, Paperback / softback Book

The Cat in Ancient Egypt Paperback / softback


A definitive and richly illustrated account of cats in Egyptian life, religion, and artTrue aristocrat of domestic animals, the cat has a distinguished ancestry.

Most modern cats are thought to be descended from the cats of ancient Egypt, so these beautiful and engaging creatures represent a living link between ancient Egyptian civilization and our own times. Wild cats were probably domesticated at least as early as 2000 BC, but they were regularly represented in Egyptian tomb paintings only some 500 years later, in the New Kingdom.

The cat became one of the most important and highly esteemed animals in Egypt, revered as a manifestation of the goddess Bastet.

Representations of cats are found in painting, sculpture, papyri, jewellry, ostraca and coffins throughout Egypt, and large numbers of mummified cats were buried during the Late Period.

Drawing on this vast range of sources, Jaromir Malek examines the significance of cats in Egyptian life, religion, and art. With 90 color and 21 black and white illustrations.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 144 pages, 90 color, 21 b/w illus.
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
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  • Category: Ancient history: to c 500 CE
  • ISBN: 9780812297195

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