‘Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt’ Exhibit Opens at the Brooklyn Museum

ancient egypt catsThe Brooklyn Museum recently launched a new show called “Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt”. The exhibit demonstrates the importance of cats in ancient Egyptian imagery.

The collection features 30 feline representations, including a large limestone lion, a bronze Pharaoh as a Sphinx, and a cast-bronze figurine of a cat nursing her kittens.

The museum explains:

“Likely first domesticated in ancient Egypt, cats were revered for their fertility and valued for their ability to protect homes and granaries from vermin. But felines were also associated with royalty and closely linked with a number of deities.”

 

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