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Egyptian Cat Pin

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Member Price: $22.50

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Description

Depictions of cats were often used as elements in jewelry, as seen on a pair of cuff bracelets in the Museums collection that once belonged to one of three foreign wives of the pharaoh Thutmose III (ca. 14791425 B.C.). These original cuff bracelets, made of gold, carnelian, lapis lazuli, and turquoise glass, are each decorated with five recumbent cats, two of gold and three of carnelian. The Museums charming pin is adapted from these ancient Egyptian cats.

22K matte gold overlay. 1 5/8''L x 1 1/4''W.

  • 22K matte gold overlay
  • 1 5/8''L x 1 1/4''W

Art History

The cat was domesticated in Egypt by at least the early Twelfth Dynasty (just after 2000 B.C.). Some 550 years later, in the Eighteenth Dynasty tombs at Thebes, the animals are depicted as pets, shown seated beneath a chair or on their owners lap.

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Description

Depictions of cats were often used as elements in jewelry, as seen on a pair of cuff bracelets in the Museums collection that once belonged to one of three foreign wives of the pharaoh Thutmose III (ca. 14791425 B.C.). These original cuff bracelets, made of gold, carnelian, lapis lazuli, and turquoise glass, are each decorated with five recumbent cats, two of gold and three of carnelian. The Museums charming pin is adapted from these ancient Egyptian cats.

22K matte gold overlay. 1 5/8''L x 1 1/4''W.





  • 22K matte gold overlay
  • 1 5/8''L x 1 1/4''W




Art History

The cat was domesticated in Egypt by at least the early Twelfth Dynasty (just after 2000 B.C.). Some 550 years later, in the Eighteenth Dynasty tombs at Thebes, the animals are depicted as pets, shown seated beneath a chair or on their owners lap.


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