Egyptian Cat Sculpture by R. Viot

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Sublime Mid-Century Egyptian Cat Signed R. Viot 1/7 1951.
An interesting fact for cat lovers:
After the pyramids and the kohl painted eyes, almost nothing evokes more awe and mystery than the fascination ancient Egyptians had with cats.They were not only the most popular pet in the house, but their status rose to that of the sacred animals and then on to the most esteemed deities like no other creature before them. Although no one can pinpoint the time exactly, we know that the cat was domesticated in Egypt, probably around 2000 B.C., and that most modern cats are descendants of the cats of ancient Egypt. One reason it is difficult to say precisely when domestication occurred is that the ancient Egyptians did not distinguish between wild and tame cats in their descriptions of them. There was one word for cat-and that was miu or mii, meaning "he or she who mews."
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Creator
R. Viot (Designer)
Place of Origin
France
Date of Manufacture
circa 1950's
Period
1950-1959
Materials and Techniques
Gold Leaf on Plaster
Other Characteristics
Gold Leaf on Plaster
Condition
Very Good.
Dimensions
23.5 in. H x 16 in. W x 10 in. D
60 cm H x 41 cm W x 25 cm D
Dealer Location
Miami, FL
Number of Items
1
Reference Number
U1205189001255
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