The Cat: Muse, Symbol, Deity

"If a fish is the movement of water embodied, given shape, then cat is a diagram and pattern of subtle air."—Doris Lessing, English writer
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Bastet, 664-30 B.C. Egypt, Late Period-Ptolemaic Period. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Florence Blumenthal, 1934 (34.6.1).

Bastet, 664-30 B.C. Egypt, Late Period-Ptolemaic Period. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Florence Blumenthal, 1934 (34.6.1).

Clockmaker: Karl Schmidt (German, ca/ 1590-1635/36). Automaton clock in the form of a lion, ca. 1620-35. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.190.1549) | This work is featured in the “The Luxury of Time: European Clocks and Watches” exhibition, on view through March 27, 2016. #LuxuryofTime

Clockmaker: Karl Schmidt (German, ca/ 1590-1635/36). Automaton clock in the form of a lion, ca. 1620-35. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.190.1549) | This work is featured in the “The Luxury of Time: European Clocks and Watches” exhibition, on view through March 27, 2016. #LuxuryofTime

Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen (French 1859–1923). Winter: Cat on a Cushion. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1950 (50.616.9).

Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen (French 1859–1923). Winter: Cat on a Cushion. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1950 (50.616.9).

Soga Shōhaku (Japan, 1730–1781). 天台山石橋図 Lions at the Stone Bridge of Mount Tiantai, 1779. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.  Mary Griggs Burke Collection, Gift of the Mary and Jackson Burke Foundation, 2015 (2015.300.216)  | This work is featured in “Celebrating the Arts of Japan: The Mary Griggs Burke Collection” on view through July 31, 2016  #ArtsofJapan  #AsianArt100

Soga Shōhaku (Japan, 1730–1781). 天台山石橋図 Lions at the Stone Bridge of Mount Tiantai, 1779. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Mary Griggs Burke Collection, Gift of the Mary and Jackson Burke Foundation, 2015 (2015.300.216) | This work is featured in “Celebrating the Arts of Japan: The Mary Griggs Burke Collection” on view through July 31, 2016 #ArtsofJapan #AsianArt100

Edward Penfield (American 1866-1925). R.H. Russell & Son Calendar, 1897, 1896. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Leonard A. Lauder Collection of American Posters, Gift of Leonard A. Lauder, 1984 (1984.1202.123(1)).

Edward Penfield (American 1866-1925). R.H. Russell & Son Calendar, 1897, 1896. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Leonard A. Lauder Collection of American Posters, Gift of Leonard A. Lauder, 1984 (1984.1202.123(1)).

Peggy Bacon (American, 1895–1987). Contentment, 1936. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Lesley and Emma Sheafer Collection, Bequest of Emma A. Sheafer, 1973 (1974.356.7) #cats

Peggy Bacon (American, 1895–1987). Contentment, 1936. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Lesley and Emma Sheafer Collection, Bequest of Emma A. Sheafer, 1973 (1974.356.7) #cats

Tsuguharu Foujita (French, 1886–1968). Cat,1926. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Bequest of Miss Adelaide Milton de Groot (1876-1967), 1967 (67.187.7)

Tsuguharu Foujita (French, 1886–1968). Cat,1926. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Bequest of Miss Adelaide Milton de Groot (1876-1967), 1967 (67.187.7)

Alberto Giacometti (Swiss, 1901–1966). The Cat, 1954. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection, 1998 (1999.363.24)

Alberto Giacometti (Swiss, 1901–1966). The Cat, 1954. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection, 1998 (1999.363.24)

Édouard Manet (French, 1832–1883). Cat and Flowers, 1869. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1928 (28.93.1) #cats

Édouard Manet (French, 1832–1883). Cat and Flowers, 1869. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1928 (28.93.1) #cats

Cosmetic Vessel in the Shape of a Cat, ca. 1990-1900 B.C.. Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12, early. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1990 (1990.59.1)

Cosmetic Vessel in the Shape of a Cat, ca. 1990-1900 B.C.. Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12, early. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1990 (1990.59.1)

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