The Divine Felines of Ancient Egypt Find us
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.
INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF MUSEUMS
The International Council of Museums, in an effort to fight against illicit traffic in cultural goods, compiles the Emergency Red List of Egyptian Cultural Objects at Risk. This list aims to help art and heritage professionals and law enforcement officials identify Egyptian objects that are protected by national and international legislations. View the Red List for Egypt.