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Copper alloy figure of a cat: E.4.1912

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Current Location: Gallery 19


Copper alloy figure of a cat




Cat. Probably from the top of a case for a mummified cat. The eyes are inlaid with glass and foil. The cat was cast upside-down and the surface has the appearance of fur; this was part of the original casting. The cat wears a necklace and wedjat eye over the left pectoral and has a scarab on top of her head. These two features are associated with Ra the sun god.

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C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Depth: 25 cm
Height: 37 cm
Width: 11 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1912) by Marlay, Charles Brinsley


Production date: approx AD 0200

Materials used in production

bronze Copper alloy

Techniques used in production

Cast (process) : Inlaid

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Identification numbers

Accession number: E.4.1912
Primary reference Number: 51337
Oldadmincategory: MW
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 21 June 2021 Last processed: Tuesday 22 June 2021

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Antiquities

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