Most modern domestic cats are descendants of the cats of ancient Egypt. These beautiful and engaging creatures represent, therefore, a living link between Egyptian civilization and the completely different world of today. Dr Malek's absorbing survey shows that wild cats were probably domesticated at least as early as 2000 BC but started to be regularly included in tomb paiMost modern domestic cats are descendants of the cats of ancient Egypt. These beautiful and engaging creatures represent, therefore, a living link between Egyptian civilization and the completely different world of today. Dr Malek's absorbing survey shows that wild cats were probably domesticated at least as early as 2000 BC but started to be regularly included in tomb paintings of family life only some 500 years later, during the New Kingdom. Dr Malek draws evidence from a vast range of artistic and written sources to show how the cat became one of the most widely-esteemed animals, revered as a manifestation of the goddess Bastet. Large numbers of mummified cats were buried in the Late Period, and bronze statuettes of cats were dedicated to temples during religious festivals. Illustrating the text with representations of cats in tomb paintings, sculpture, papyri, jewellery, ostraka, mummies and coffins, the author conveys the affection and respect in which cats were held in ancient Egypt. This lively and readable book will surely prove to be the definitive account of the Egyptian cat: aristocrat of domestic animals....
|Title||:||The Cat in Ancient Egypt|
|Number of Pages||:||144 Pages|
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The Cat in Ancient Egypt Reviews
2.5 stars Cat in Ancient Egypt is an interesting book, allowing us a look into the history of cats in Egypt and rather the civilized world. Many questions remain unanswered, including when exactly cats were domesticated there, and it seems it would have been a bit helpful had the Ancient Egyptians been more specific regarding their cat art and mentions (and only one name for cat when dogs had numerous? Come on!). Overall I liked but didn't overly enjoy the work by Malek, I felt it was a bit heavy handed and needed a bit more focus.I was appalled to learn that in the late 19th century approximately 180,000 cat mummies were sent to England and turned into fertilizer. FERTILIZER! WTF! I doubt people would be okaying such ventures with human bodies. *sigh*I did enjoy the satirical artwork shown and discussed in the book as well as the "cheap" drawings that could have been done by anyone. Imagine a random scribbling of yours being discovered thousands of years from now...pretty cool.
The most interesting aspects for me in ancient Egypt have always been mummies and mummification (a document I once saw where they mummified a present-day human was lovely, but also slightly revolting), so it wasn't a surprise the particular chapter concerning that was my favourite. Although it was pretty short, so I was left wondering whether there might be even more information available on cat mummies and their burial. Still, I'd recommend this for both cat and history lovers. The formation of Egyptian society is briefly recounted at the beginning. To get a proper context of the importance of cats in religion and art, their basics are also useful for those not familiar with these concepts in Egyptian style.
I borrowed that book from the library for the pictures and ended learning quite a few interesting things. Like what you ask? Tomb artists would sometime subtly mock the various pharaohs whose tomb they were decorating... Shhhh...The images alone cover all aspect of the feline life in Egypt visually. No reading require.
A great book on the role of the cat in Ancient Egypt. It covers wild and domestic cats, as well as the role of cats in religion and stories before concluding with a discussion of cat mummies. I gained new appreciation of the cat within pharonic Egypt and the many illustrations that warmed my cat loving heart. Recommended for cat lovers and those interested in Ancient Egypt.
My cats made me read this book to remind me of their superior status in ancient Egypt. It is amazing to see how often the cat appears in Egyptian art. This book is lavishly illustrated in color and black and white. Excuse me, I need to make an offering to Bast....
Interesting reading for cat lovers and history buffs in regards to the cat in Ancient Egypt. Lots of great photographs of ancient Egyptian art and cat mummies throughout.