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Ancient Egyptian cat statuette associated with the goddess Bastet. (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Ancient Egyptian cat statuette associated with the goddess Bastet. (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

A Royal Hand, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Akhenaten, ca. 1349–1336 B.C. Egyptian. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

A Royal Hand, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Akhenaten, ca. 1349–1336 B.C. Egyptian. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Cauldron with griffin and siren attachments, ca. 8th-7th century B.C. Bronze. Salamis - Cyprus.

Cauldron with griffin and siren attachments, ca. 8th-7th century B.C. Bronze. Salamis - Cyprus.

Lamp, 2nd century. Egypt. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Rogers Fund, 1927 (27.94.13) | Small earthenware lamps, made from double molds, were the most commonly used source of light for Egyptians during the Roman period. This lamp is decorated with the image of a peacock displayed and is marked CLO HEL for its maker. #peacock

Lamp, 2nd century. Egypt. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Rogers Fund, 1927 (27.94.13) | Small earthenware lamps, made from double molds, were the most commonly used source of light for Egyptians during the Roman period. This lamp is decorated with the image of a peacock displayed and is marked CLO HEL for its maker. #peacock

Brooch in the Form of a Rabbit. Roman (probably Britain or Gaul), 100-300.

Brooch in the Form of a Rabbit. Roman (probably Britain or Gaul), 100-300.

Gold Wedjat Eye Amulet, 664–380 B.C. Egypt. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Rogers Fund, 1923 (23.2.67) | The symbolism of this wedjat-eye amulet was one of the most pervasive and powerful in ancient Egypt. Combining a human eye with the stylized markings of a falcon's, it represents the eye of the god Horus, one form of the sun god.

Gold Wedjat Eye Amulet, 664–380 B.C. Egypt. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Rogers Fund, 1923 (23.2.67) | The symbolism of this wedjat-eye amulet was one of the most pervasive and powerful in ancient Egypt. Combining a human eye with the stylized markings of a falcon's, it represents the eye of the god Horus, one form of the sun god.

Mechanical Dog, ca. 1390–1353 B.C. Egypt. New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Amenhotep III. The Met.Mus.of Art.  This leaping hunting dog can be made to open and close its mouth using the lever beneath the chest. When the mouth is opened, two teeth and a red tongue are visible.

Mechanical Dog, ca. 1390–1353 B.C. Egypt. New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Amenhotep III. The Met.Mus.of Art. This leaping hunting dog can be made to open and close its mouth using the lever beneath the chest. When the mouth is opened, two teeth and a red tongue are visible.

Donation mummy with dog bones, ca.400 BC–100 AD. Egypt, Western Desert; Kharga Oasis, el-Deir. Late–Roman Period | The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY

Donation mummy with dog bones, ca.400 BC–100 AD. Egypt, Western Desert; Kharga Oasis, el-Deir. Late–Roman Period | The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY

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