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Thursday, September 08, 2016

two ancient kittens

Kitten Coffin, 850-540 B.C.E. Bronze, animal remains (2 individuals), linen, 3 1/8 x 2 3/8 x 6 1/4 in. (8 x 6 x 15.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.369Ea-b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum (Gavin Ashworth,er), 37.369Ea_Gavin_Ashworth_photograph.jpg)
Though I recently posted an ancient Egyptian cat piece, and wouldn't immediately offer you another, I ran across this item at the Brooklyn Museum website.  This is a bronze coffin for two kittens, the whole measuring only 3" by 2" by 6".  Made during the Late Period (roughly 712-332 BCE), the modeling shows the natural, more informal portrayal of that time.  Look at the one on the right with its big ears, slender tiny legs, wobbly baby body.  Who met the kittens of Egypt when they toddled into paradise?


Bernadette said...

How sweet and sad.

parlance said...

I guess someone with disposable income loved their little kittens. Lucky for us, because we get to see this beautiful piece and feel part of the history of humanity and other species.