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Seated cat

Figure: animal
Historical period(s)
Possibly Saite Dynasty 26, Possibly Late Period, 664-525 B.C.E.
2.9 x 0.9 x 2.0 cm
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
Small amulets made of faience, stone, ceramic, metal, or glass were common personal possessions in ancient Egypt. They were most frequently fashioned in the form of gods and goddesses or of animals sacred to them. Amulets were believed to give their owners magical protection from a wide variety of ills and evil forces, including sickness, infertility, and death in childbirth. They were often provided with loops so they could be strung and worn as a necklace. Some amulets were made to place on the body of the deceased to protect the soul in the hereafter.

To 1908
Ali Arabi Jr., Cairo, Egypt, to 1908 [1]

From 1908 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Ali Arabi Jr. in 1908 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]


[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 1751, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owners
Ali Arabi Jr.
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Sculpture
cat, Egypt, Late Period (664 - 332 B.C.E.), Saite Dynasty 26 (664 - 525 B.C.E.)
Collection(s) Area
Ancient Egyptian Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum

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