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Egyptian Cat 3D Magnets

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Price: $15.95
Member Price: $14.35

Item# 06-015911 

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Description

Our magnets are based on an original Egyptian sculpture from the Late Dynastic period (712332 B.C.), now in the Museum's collection. The bronze cat figure, found in Saqqara, is hollow, indicating that it was probably used as a container for mummified remains. In its subtle modeling and stylized features, the sculptor has captured the lithe aloofness and dignity characteristic of the feline. A collar is engraved around the neck, from which is suspended an wedjat-eye pectoral for protection and well-being.

Set of 2 magnets. Hand-painted resin. 3 1/8''H x 2 1/8''W each.

  • Hand-painted resin
  • 3 1/8''H x 2 1/8''W

Art History

Sacred to Bastet, the goddess of joy and fertility, cats were particularly revered in the Late Dynastic and Ptolemaic periods, when this goddess reached the peak of her importance as a national divinity. Figures of seated cats in wood, bronze, and faience were presented as offerings in her temples, or served as containers for the mummified bodies or bones of the animals buried in special cat cemeteries.

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Description

Our magnets are based on an original Egyptian sculpture from the Late Dynastic period (712332 B.C.), now in the Museum's collection. The bronze cat figure, found in Saqqara, is hollow, indicating that it was probably used as a container for mummified remains. In its subtle modeling and stylized features, the sculptor has captured the lithe aloofness and dignity characteristic of the feline. A collar is engraved around the neck, from which is suspended an wedjat-eye pectoral for protection and well-being.

Set of 2 magnets. Hand-painted resin. 3 1/8''H x 2 1/8''W each.





  • Hand-painted resin
  • 3 1/8''H x 2 1/8''W




Art History

Sacred to Bastet, the goddess of joy and fertility, cats were particularly revered in the Late Dynastic and Ptolemaic periods, when this goddess reached the peak of her importance as a national divinity. Figures of seated cats in wood, bronze, and faience were presented as offerings in her temples, or served as containers for the mummified bodies or bones of the animals buried in special cat cemeteries.


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