Inlay in the Form of a Scarabeus
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
Most cat statues of this type served as containers for cat mummies. Because this statue is solid, it must have functioned differently, perhaps as a temple offering. A scarab, symbolizing the morning sun, was frequently placed between the ears of such cats, perhaps an artistic interpretation of the stripes on a cat’s fur.
305 B.C.E.-1st century C.E.
Ptolemaic Period to Roman Period
5/8 x 1/4 x 1 1/8 in. (1.7 x 0.7 x 2.8 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Opaque blue glass inlay in the form of a scarabeus.
This item is not on view
Inlay in the Form of a Scarabeus, 305 B.C.E.-1st century C.E. Glass, 5/8 x 1/4 x 1 1/8 in. (1.7 x 0.7 x 2.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1157E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.1945E_37.1157E_detail_PS9.jpg)
group, detail, 37.1945E_37.1157E_detail_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2015
"CUR" at the beginning of an image file name means that the image was created by a curatorial staff member. These study images may be digital point-and-shoot photographs, when we don\'t yet have high-quality studio photography, or they may be scans of older negatives, slides, or photographic prints, providing historical documentation of the object.
You may download and use Brooklyn Museum images of this three-dimensional work in accordance with a Creative Commons license
. Fair use, as understood under the United States Copyright Act, may also apply.
Please include caption information from this page and credit the Brooklyn Museum. If you need a high resolution file, please fill out our online application form
For further information about copyright, we recommend resources at the United States Library of Congress
, Cornell University
, Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums
, and Copyright Watch
For more information about the Museum's rights project, including how rights types are assigned, please see our blog posts on copyright
If you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, please contact email@example.com
Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome
any additional information you might have.