Canopic Jar with an Image Representing the Hieroglyph for Face Period: New Kingdom Dynasty: Dynasty 18, early Date: ca. 1550–1450 B.C. Geography: Country of Origin Egypt, Upper Egypt; Thebes
Image: Cosmetic Vessel in the Shape of a Cat. Middle Kingdom, ca. 1990–1900 B.C.E. Cats in the ancient world, article by Joshua J. Mark. #3. The Egyptians are also responsible for the very name `cat’ in that it derives from the North African word for the animal, “quattah”, and, as the cat was so closely associated with Egypt, almost every other European nation employs variations on this word: French, chat; Swedish, katt; German, katze; Italian, gatto; Spanish, gato and so forth.