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Seated cat
664-525 B.C.E.


Possibly Late Period
Possibly Saite Dynasty 26

Clay
H: 2.9 W: 0.9 D: 2.0 cm
Egypt

Gift of Charles Lang Freer F1908.216

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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.