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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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Buchbeschreibung Univ of Pennsylvania Pr, 1994. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Used: Good. Buchnummer des Verkäufers SONG071410969X
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Buchbeschreibung British Museum Press, LONDRA, 1993. Buchzustand: OTTIMO USATO. IED. INGLESE Legatura editoriale in tela con titolo in oro al dorso. Sovracoperta illustrata in entrambi i piatti, con alette. Pagine in ottimo stato. Profuso di tavole fotografiche a colori e illustrazioni in nero, nel testo e fuori. Buchnummer des Verkäufers AB0060-A3D
Buchbeschreibung British Museum., 1993. Buchzustand: Very Good. Signed by author. Hard Cover. Book- VG+. Dj- VG. 10x7.5. 144pp. Colour frontis, profuse colour & b/w plates & illus. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 1884119
Buchbeschreibung British Museum Press., London, 1993. Hard Cover. Buchzustand: Fine. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Fine. Apparent First. 144pp, index, bibliography, 90 col & 21 bw ills. Or black cloth in jacket. As new. This absorbing survey shows that wild cats were probably domesticated at least 2000BC but started to be regularly included in tomb paintings of family life about 500 years later, during the New Kingdom. Illustrating the text with representations of cats in tomb paintings, sculpture, papyri, jewellery, ostraka, mummies and coffins, the author conveys the respect and affection in which cats were held in ancient Egypt. Size: 4to. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 005335
Buchbeschreibung British Museum Press 1993, 1993. Hardback. Fine copy in near fine copy with slight nick to edge of price clipped dust jacket. Buchnummer des Verkäufers A173092
Buchbeschreibung British Museum, London, 1993. Hard Back. Buchzustand: As New. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: As New. 1st Edition 1st Printing. 18 x 195 x 255mm. black cloth, illus dj, 144pp, colour photos, depictions in art, religion & mummification, the cat had a special place in the egyptian home.THe author draws evidence from a vast range of 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 , 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. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 0044374
Buchbeschreibung Univ of Pennsylvania Pr, 1994. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Very Good. Buchnummer des Verkäufers P02071410969X