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loves: you win if you guessed "pets" and "museums". Also books, art history, travel, British punk, Korean kimchi, bindis, martinis, and other things TBD. I will always make it very clear if a post is sponsored in any way. Drop me a line at thepetmuseum AT gmail.com !

Thursday, September 01, 2016

a cat handles it

www.metmuseum.org.  gift of Darius Ogden Mills, 1904
At some point from 664-30 B.C., a cat took up watch on this vessel handle in ancient Egypt.  Crafted from cupreous (copper-based) metals, this little guardian has mellowed to a plush finish; here's another view.
see above, www.metmuseum.org
This piece belongs to The Met, and its collection page suggests it was part of an offering to Bastet, a goddess whose alertness and power was on an approachable scale.  You wouldn't own a lion to catch your household mice, so you might not choose lion-headed Sekhmet for your daily troubles.  Bastet, fierce yet friendly and fond of a comfortable and happy house, was the goddess for you.

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