Cat in Ancient Egypt

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Most modern domestic cats are descendants of the cats of ancient Egypt. These beautiful and engaging creatures represent, therefore, a living link between Egyptian civilization and the completely different world of today. Dr Malek's absorbing survey shows that wild cats were probably domesticated at least as early as 2000 BC but started to be regularly included in tomb paintings of family life only some 500 years later, during the New Kingdom. Dr Malek draws evidence from a vast range of artistic and written ...
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Overview

Most modern domestic cats are descendants of the cats of ancient Egypt. These beautiful and engaging creatures represent, therefore, a living link between Egyptian civilization and the completely different world of today. Dr Malek's absorbing survey shows that wild cats were probably domesticated at least as early as 2000 BC but started to be regularly included in tomb paintings of family life only some 500 years later, during the New Kingdom. Dr Malek draws evidence from a vast range of artistic and written sources to show how the cat became one of the most widely-esteemed animals, revered as a manifestation of the goddess Bastet. Large numbers of mummified cats were buried in the Late Period, and bronze statuettes of cats were dedicated to temples during religious festivals. Illustrating the text with representations of cats in tomb paintings, sculpture, papyri, jewellery, ostraka, mummies and coffins, the author conveys the affection and respect in which cats were held in ancient Egypt. This lively and readable book will surely prove to be the definitive account of the Egyptian cat: aristocrat of domestic animals.
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"The definitive account of the feline in Egypt."—Cats

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780714119700
  • Publisher: Gardners Books
  • Publication date: 6/30/2006

Meet the Author

Egyptologist and cat lover Jaromir Malek is Keeper of the Archive at the Griffith Institute, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.
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Table of Contents

Chronological chart 7
Prologue 13
Running free: The wild cats 15
Together at last: The domestic cats 45
A poor man's lion: The divine cats 73
Pride goes before a fall: The story cats 112
Buried with full honours: The mummified cats 123
Epilogue 135
Selected bibliography 138
Illustration acknowledgements 140
Index 142
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