Cats in Egyptian Art


       On the left is a bronze statue of Bastet (over 2,500 years old, kept in the state museum of Berlin, Germany), the Egyptian goddess of the ripening crop. Ancient Egyptians were very big on cats (see Cat Lovers page). Bastet was displayed either as a cat or as a human with a cat head. Egyptians were the number one cat lovers of all time and they're never going to be overcome: they actually worshipped cats! Yuri, a member of my supporting staff, still keeps up the Egyptian traditions. He even made a small clay version of Bastet, shown here on the right. Of course the skill of the Ancient Egyptians is far better than that of a modern boy, but that's okay: standards are falling everywhere.
       Below are frescoes of cats from tombs, showing how much cats were respected in Egypt.


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