‘Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt’ at the Brooklyn Museum

If your dream of heaven is eternity spent with the pets you love, “Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt” at the Brooklyn Museum is your exhibition.

Left: “Seated Cat,” in bronze, from the Late Period, 664-342 B.C.

Although it’s often assumed that the domestication of cats began in Egypt, archaeology suggests that Mesopotamia was the place.

And despite the feline presence in religious contexts, Egyptians didn’t worship cats per se, but created gods that had their physical features, their expressive moods and their near-supernatural intelligence.

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