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Faience Amulet in the Form of a Cat - PF.4416
Origin: Egypt
Circa: 664 BC to 525 BC
Dimensions: .75" (1.9cm) high
Collection: Egyptian
Style: 26th Dynasty
Medium: Faience

Additional Information: SOLD

Location: United States
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Faience, which dates back to pre-dynastic times, of at least 5,000 years, is a glasslike non-clay substance made of materials common to Egypt: ground quartz, crushed quartz pebbles, flint, a soluble salt-like baking soda, lime and ground copper, which provided the characteristic color. The dried objects went into kilns looking pale and colorless but emerged a sparkling "Egyptian blue." Called tjehnet by the ancient Egyptians, meaning that which is brilliant or scintillating, faience was thought to be filled with the undying light of the sun, moon and stars and was symbolic of rebirth. Ancient Egyptians believed the small blue-green objects helped prepare them for eternity in the afterlife.

Ancient Egyptians venerated cats for their ability to keep down the rodent population the economically important grain fields along the Nile. They were kept as pets in the home and assisted hunters by retrieving their small birds like dogs do today. Because they were economically useful and believed to ensure many children for a family, cats were so revered that they were mummified and buried either with their owners or in specially designated cemeteries. The Egyptians even had a cat goddess, called Bast or Bastet, who was depicted with the body of a woman and the head of a cat.

This diminutive pendant is a masterpiece of intricacy. Originally, this ancient statuette would have been attached a chord and worn around the neck. A drilled holes just above the base attests to this use. This pendant must have been particularly affective considering that it combines the imagery of the revered feline with the sacred material of faience. Certain objects, masterpieces treasured in their own time, are of an eternal beauty that is easily appreciated regardless of era or culture. This amulet is one such stunning example; a reminder of how close the glories of Ancient Egypt, from the most monumental pyramids to intimate, personal relics of faith such as this cat pendant.
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