We will deliver an Actual Size Replica in Resin of this Sculpture titled:"THE GAYER-ANDERSON CAT" originally from British Museum, London, UK
This sculpture is known as the Gayer-Anderson Cat, named after Major Robert Grenville Gayer-Anderson who, together with Mary Stout Shaw, donated it to The British Museum, London. The statue is a representation of the cat-goddess Bastet. The cat wears jewellery and a protective wedjat amulet and is decorated with a winged scarab that appears on the chest and head. A copy of the statue is kept in the Gayer-Anderson Museum, located in Cairo.
The Gayer-Anderson cat (1947,1011.1: EA 64391) is one of the best-known and best-loved objects in the collections of the Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan (AES) at the British Museum. It is a life-size (c.42 cm high) cast copper alloy figure of a cat sitting erect. The cat wears a gold-coloured nose ring and earrings and has an inlaid white metal plaque of an udjat-eye on the front of the chest. There is a wide band of incised decoration around the neck representing a broad collar and a raised scarab between the ears. It was acquired by the Museum in 1939 as a gift from Major Robert Grenville Gayer-Anderson with a supposed find spot of Saqqara in Lower Egypt, although it did not finally arrive in the Museum until 1947.On stylistic grounds it is attributed to the Late Period (around 600 bc), although the manner of its acquisition, through a collector rather than from a controlled excavation, makes both period and find spot uncertain.
Indeed, among the thousands of metal figures of cats housed in museums, the Gayer-Anderson cat is arguably the finest. Th e cat is a statue of a goddess, in all likelihood dedicated in a temple by a wealthy individual, perhaps even royalty. The dedication of votive statuettes of deities in massive numbers became a widespread phenomenon in Egypt only in the late first millennium bc [2, 3]. It is known from the inscriptions preserved on the bases of some of these figurines that the donors sought favours from the gods in return for the dedication of statues. The surviving bronzes range from crude little figurines of Osiris, by far the most common god represented, to lavish examples such as the Gayer-Anderson cat.
Period: ca. 600 BC
Material: Our Replica is in Resin (Actual Sculpture in the Museum is in Copper alloy)
Source Location: British Museum, London, United Kingdom
Inscription: Another fine cat, now in the Musée du Louvre in Paris, bears an inscription upon its base stating that a man named Mer-sopdu, son of Hor, off ered the statue to receive protection from Bastet. It is also specified that the temple-dancer Djed-bastet-iwefankh was responsible for the statue once it was housed within the temple
Actual Physical Dimensions of the Sculpture in the Museum (Our Replica is in Actual size): Height: 42cm (with base); 34 cm (Without base, but not including tang) x Depth: 30.5 cm (With base);
23 cm (Without base) x Width: 14 cm (Without base); 20 cm (With base)