seated slightly stylized cat in profile from PL side, with rings around its neck

A Cat of Bubastis, 1909 (printed 1911)

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Gift of Marla J. Kinneyexpand_more  2016.25

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Though best known for his landscapes and architectural studies of European subjects, D.Y. Cameron also created a number of delicate interpretations of ancient Egyptian artifacts he saw in Cairo’s Museum of Egyptian Antiquities. Inspired by what he deemed to be a “purity of Egyptian design,” Cameron produced austere rendering of objects isolated from their original museum setting, as in this sensitive depiction of a life-size bronze sculpture of a domestic cat. Named for its archeological origin, the title references the ancient city of Bubastis, located on the Nile River in the delta region of Lower Egypt, and known as a center for the worship of the cat goddess Bastet. Cats were revered in ancient Egyptian society, with the cat deity Bastet venerated for its attributes of maternal protection and fertility.

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Title
A Cat of Bubastis
Artist Life
1865–1945
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2016.25
Provenance
(Bella Galleria, Minneapolis); Marla J. Kinney, Minneapolis; given to MIA, 2016
Catalogue Raisonne
Rinder426 v/v
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seated slightly stylized cat in profile from PL side, with rings around its neck