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Monday, September 10, 2007

and another egyptian cat

Yes, I do have a thing for those long-ago heirs of Bast. (I type this surrounded by three of them. One is on the monitor; I keep having to push up a flap of her to see the command menu.)

You must agree that the ancient Egyptians had some of the surest feel for these creatures in the history of man's creativity. I say this as I gaze at a photo of one of the Louvre's smaller treasures: the bronze top of a "divine standard" or ceremonial staff, portraying a mother cat and her kittens. One of the kittens has gotten up on its hind legs to paw her nose.

What a jewel.

Read the Louvre website's catalog information and stylistic commentary here (in English - I can't read the French site either).

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