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The Divine Felines of Ancient Egypt

The Divine Felines of Ancient Egypt

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The Divine Felines of Ancient Egypt

Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

Carlos Museum, Ackerman Hall, Level Three, Emory University 

Exhibition curator Yekaterina Barbash, of the Brooklyn Museum, explores the various roles of cats and lions in Egyptian mythology, kingship, and everyday life. From domesticated cats to lions to mythic divine creatures, felines played an important role in Egypt for thousands of years. Likely domesticated in ancient Egypt, cats were revered for their fertility and valued for their ability to protect homes and granaries from vermin. Cats were viewed through many dimensions related to security, fecundity, motherly care and royalty. They possessed both protective and dangerous qualities in the ancient Egyptian system of beliefs. The ferocious lioness Sakhmet, or the cat, Bastet, are the best-known examples from a long list of divine felines, but numerous other felines were just as significant.

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