From domesticated cats to mythic symbols of divinities, felines played an important role in ancient Egypt for thousands of years. Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt features cats and lions in ancient Egyptian mythology, kingship, and everyday life through diverse representations from the world-famous holdings of the Brooklyn Museum. The exhibition features more than eighty objects exploring wild and domestic cats, feline deities, cat burial practices and luxury items decorated with feline features, as well as a small section on dogs.
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Wear your game day gear to the DMA Thanksgiving weekend and receive $5 off a “Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt” special exhibition ticket.
Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt will require a $16 special exhibition ticket with discounts for seniors, students, and military. DMA Members and children 11 and under are free.
Divine Felines is organized by the Brooklyn Museum.
images: Sphinx of King Sheshenq, ca. 945-718 B.C.E., Bronze, Brooklyn Museum. Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 33.586; Figurine of a Standing Lion-Headed Goddess, Faience, Brooklyn Museum. Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.943E; Spoon with Jackal Handle, ca. 1539-1292 B.C.E., wood, Brooklyn Museum. Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.623E; Cat with Kittens, ca. 664-30 B.C.E. or later, bronze, wood, Brooklyn Museum. Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.406E; Funerary Stela of C. Julius Valerius, 3rd century C.E., limestone, traces of paint, Brooklyn Museum. Gift of Evangeline Wilbour Blashfield, Theodora Wilbour, and Victor Wilbour honoring the wishes of their mother, Charlotte Beebe Wilbour, as a memorial to their father, Charles Edwin Wilbour, 16.105; Weight in Form of a Cat, 305-30 B.C.E., bronze, silver, lead, Brooklyn Museum. Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.424E