During the New Kingdom, cat amulets were often carved from semi-precious stones such as this small example in carnelian. They served as ring bezels or formed the backs of scaraboids. In one pair of gold-ribbed penannular earrings, a tiny cat would have lain against the wearer's ears. Such amuletic cats formed a part of the insignia of royal ladies of the early New Kingdom. Each of the wives of Tuthmosis III once wore a bead bracelet with spacer bar surmounted by five reclining cats and gold-foil seated cats were a component of the openwork amuletic collar of Queen Aahhotep.
Dimensions: Overall: 1/4 x 3/16 x 3/8 inches (0.6 x 0.5 x 1 cm)
Condition: Intact and in excellent condition overall, pierced for suspension at the base.
Provenance: On loan to the Michael C. Carlos museum, Emory University 2005 - 2015, loan number: L1998.062.087.