The Gayer-anderson Cat

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-12-30
  • Publisher: David Brown Book Co
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The Gayer-Anderson Cat has been one of the most admired objects at the British Museum since its arrival in 1947. This book presents a detailed description of the cat and a discussion of its possible meaning and role in ancient times. Surprising new finds from scientific analyses are presented for the first time, shedding light on the cats somewhat traumatic modern history, from its acquisition by the British Army major and avid antiquities collector John Gayer-Anderson to its donation to the British Museum. The fascinating narrative is complemented by outstanding new photography.

Author Biography

Neal Spencer is a curator of Egyptian antiquities at the British Museum.

Table of Contents

Mapp. 5
Introductionp. 7
The Gayer-Anderson Catp. 9
Sacred animals: donors, temples and mass burialsp. 27
Unique masterpiece: the manufacture of the Catp. 41
An Army major, a medieval house, repairs and display: the modern history of the Gayer-Anderson Catp. 51
Further readingp. 63
Photographic creditsp. 64
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