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Roman period bronze figurine of a cat and mouse - OF.098
Origin: Mediterranean
Circa: 100 AD to 300 AD
Dimensions: 2.4" (6.1cm) high x 2.15" (5.5cm) wide
Collection: Roman Antiquities
Medium: Bronze

Location: Great Britain
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A charming figurine of a cat capturing a mouse, this playful image was likely to have either been a child’s toy, or a cheeky private ornament of a person's domestic environment. Cats capturing mice would have been commonplace in Rome, and this figurine may simply be an image drawn from everyday life. It could otherwise be, however, a pictorial representation of Aesop’s fable of “The Cat and the Mice”. The Cat and the Mice is a fable attributed to Aesop of which there are several variants. The Greek version of the fable recorded by Babrius concerns a cat that pretends to be a sack hanging from a peg in order to deceive the mice. The moral of the fable was to avoid being conned by the innocent airs of a deceitful creature. - (OF.098)


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