Egyptian cat

Bronze figure of a seated cat

From Saqqara, Egypt: Late Period, after 600 BC

Height: 42.000 cm
Width: 13.000 cm

Gift of Major Robert Grenville Gayer-Anderson

EA 64391

In ancient Egypt, the cat was the special animal of the goddess Bastet, and the Egyptians thought that prayers made to cats would be heard by the goddess. This cat is made of bronze and wearing gold jewellery to show how important it is.

On display: Room 4: Egyptian sculpture