February 1st, 2017 “The Middle Class Goes to Heaven” at CHEWDAY’S x < i “The Middle Class Goes to Heaven” at CHEWDAY’SSMALL EGYPTIAN BRONZE CAT HEAD Late Dynastic Period, 25th – 31st Dynasty, 715-332 BC Height: 5.6 cm The cat’s gaze directed straight ahead, oval eyes set above high, hollow cheeks. Erect ears are pierced to take earrings (now missing). Around the neck a raised necklace of cowrie shells hung with an aegis beneath the throat, a menat at the back. Hollow cast this is a finished piece and not an element from a complete cat. Literature: Similar small-scale cat heads finished at the neck can be seen in G. Roeder, ‘Mitteilungen aus der Ägyptischen Sammlung. Band VI. Ägyptische Bronzefiguren’ (Berlin, 1956) Tafel 50, l, m and o. Provenance: From the collection of Reverend Severne Majendie (1843-1927), probably acquired during his visit to Cairo in 1895; given to his god-daughter, Miss Mary Dudley Short and thence by descent.