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Cats in Ancient Egypt were associated with fierce goddesses like Sekmeht and Bastet. At one point both were depicted as women with the heads of lionesses. Over time Bastet morphed into a simple feline, conveying her nurturing aspect. On this tomb box, Bastet nurses her kittens, while attentively looking out at the viewer. Indentations on her neck and belly may indicate body fat, further illustrating her fecund qualities.The nursing Bastet was also a symbol for nourishing the Egyptian people. Other depictions of cats in Egyptian art show them sitting underneath their matriarchs, fowling, slaying serpents, or playing.

Metropolitan Museum of Art Object Description

Figurine group, cat with kittens

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