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An Egyptian Carnelian Reclining Cat, 18th Dynasty, 1539 - 1292 BC - Sands of Time Ancient Art
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* An Egyptian Carnelian Reclining Cat, 18th Dynasty, 1539 - 1292 BC

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.

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