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Cat fanciers who consider their pets majestic have history on their side: felines were domesticated in ancient Egypt around 2000 B.C. while their European cousins still ran wild. Over the centuries they gained an exalted position in royal society?revered as an incarnation of a goddess, modeled in bronze statuettes, and even mummified and buried with their owners. Yet cats also won commoners' respect for their humble origins and protective instincts, earning them a prominent place in the personal religion of ordinary people.
Egypt scholar Jaromir Malek has called on a variety of artistic and written sources to tell how the cat became one of the most widely esteemed animals in that ancient society. He shows how we can date the domestication of cats from their depiction in art?first from the tomb of Baket III, in which a cat is shown confronting a field rat; then increasingly in images where cats are seen under the chairs of wives, a depiction that complements the long-established motif of dogs situated beneath the husbands' chair.
His book includes more than a hundred illustrations?many in full color?that show how cats came to be widely represented in tomb paintings, sculpture, papyri, jewelry, ostraka, and sarcophagi. Throughout the text, he provides sufficient information on ancient Egyptian religion, society, and art to help general readers understand how the cat achieved its place of honor.
Today cats can be seen throughout Egypt, wandering in bazaars or asleep in shaded courtyards, evidence of an enduring relationship with humans that this book warmly captures. The Cat in Ancient Egypt is an informative and entertaining work that will delight cat lovers and history buffs alike.
Inhaltsangabe: The Egyptian cat was a fortunate creature. Petted in the home it was also revered as the manifestation of a goddess and sometimes even mummified in preparation for the afterlife. This book shows that wild cats were probably not domesticated before the New Kingdom when cats first appear in tomb paintings of family life. In religon cats were initially respected for their ability to destroy snakes and reproductions of cats are found on ivory wands from about 2000 BC. Gradually they became associated with the sun-god and his goddess daughters Mut at Thebes, Pakhet at Beni Hasar and in particular Bastet in Bubastis. In the Late Period large numbers of mummified cats were buried in large underground tombs, and bronze statuettes would be dedicated to the temple during religious festivals. Illustrating his text with representations of cats in tomb paintings, sculpture, papyri, mummies and coffins, the author conveys the affection and respect in which cats were held in Ancient Egypt. Other work by the author includes "In the Shadow of the Pyramids" and "Atlas of Ancient Egypt".
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