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The Gayer-Anderson Cat

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  • Title (object)

    • The Gayer-Anderson Cat
  • Description

    Hollow-cast bronze figure of a seated cat with incised detail, an inlaid silver sun-disc and wedjat-eye pectoral on the chest and golden earrings and nose-rings; tangs beneath.

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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 42 centimetres (With base)
    • Width: 14 centimetres (Without base)
    • Weight: 7.8 kilograms (Without base)
    • Weight: 10.8 kilograms (With base)
    • Width: 20 centimetres (With base)
    • Height: 34 centimetres (Without base, but not including tang)
    • Depth: 30.5 centimetres (With base)
    • Depth: 23 centimetres (Without base)
  • Curator's comments

    Acquisition of figure referred to in Gayer-Anderson's unpublished autobiography.
    Published :
    N. Spencer, The Gayer-Anderson Cat (Objects in Focus), 2007.

    J. Rawson, Animals in art, 1977, p.53
    T.G.H James, Ancient Egypt, land and legacy, 1988, fig. 11.
    J. Clutton-Brok, The BM Book of cats, 1988, p. 32.
    BM Ancient Egyptian Art-postcards in full color, 1991, fig. 5.
    S. Schoske, D. Wildung, Gott und Gotter im Alten Agypten, Mainz 1992, p. 152, No 4.
    R.H. Wilkinson, Reading Egyptian Art, 1992, p. 62, fig. 2.
    S. Quirke, J. Spencer, The BM Book of Ancient Egypt, 1992, fig. 31.
    A. Ganeri, Focus on Ancient Egyptians, 1993, p. 17 (children).
    I. Shaw, P. Nicholson, BM dictionary of Ancient Egypt,1995, p. 62.
    Cats, BM Pocket Treasury, BMP, 1996, p. 9.
    BM Pocket Treasury, 1996, p. 49.
    N. Strudwick, Masterpieces of Ancient Egypt, London 2006, pp. 290-1.


  • Bibliography

    • Shaw & Nicholson 1995 p63 bibliographic details
    • Strudwick 2006 pp.290-291 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G4/B10

  • Exhibition history


    1977 London, BM, Animals in Art
    2007 Nov-2008 Jan, BM, Room 3, Divine Cat: Speaking to the gods in ancient Egypt
    2009 Mar-May, Brent Museum, The Divine Cat
    2012 23 March - 23 July, Musee Jaquemart Andre, Paris, Le Crepuscule des Pharaons
    2012 8 Sept - 9 Dec, Lerwick, Shetland Museum and Archives, Spotlight loan

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  • Acquisition notes

    The register entry states: "[Whole 1947, 7-10 collection] Presented by R.G. John Gayer Anderson and Mary Stout 1939. The cat to be to exhibited with a small plaque inscribed ' "The Gayer Anderson Cat" a gift to the Brit. Mus. from and in memory of Major J.G. Gayer Anderson Bey and Mrs Percy Stout'. For further details on the bequest see correspondence in Gayer Anderson file." The J.G. may be in error for T.G.

  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

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