Egyptian Cat mug

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This mug is made from fine bone china and is hand decorated in the UK. Its design is inspired by the Gayer-Anderson cat: a cat sculpture in the British Museum that originates from ancient Egypt.

The sculpture is probably a representation of the cat-goddess Bastet. Bastet was viewed as the daughter of the sun god and as a protector of mothers. Cats were commonplace in ancient Egypt and the Egyptians believed that prayers made to cats would be heard by the goddess.

The hieroglyphs (ancient Egyptian text) in this design have been taken from the British Museum's Limestone false door of the high priest Ptahshepses. In the Old Kingdom, false doors were a standard feature of tombs in the Memphite region acting as an interface between the worlds of the living and the afterlife. The fa?ade is covered with texts giving good wishes for the afterlife.

Ideal as a teaset - purchase half a dozen mugs and complete your set with one of our bone china teapots.

Discover more about the Gayer- Anderson cat here
Discover more about the hieroglyphs design here

  • Product Code: CMCK44360
  • THEME: Egyptian Cat
  • Dimension: Approx. 9.5cm (high) x 12cm (wide, including handle)
  • SUBTITLE: British Museum
  • Exhibition: Ancient lives
  • Illustrations: Ancient lives
  • Details: Designed by the Museum's own in-house team. Microwave safe and dishwasher proof.
  • Weight: 0.09 Kg

This mug is made from fine bone china and is hand decorated in the UK. Its design is inspired by the Gayer-Anderson cat: a cat sculpture in the British Museum that originates from ancient Egypt.

The sculpture is probably a representation of the cat-goddess Bastet. Bastet was viewed as the daughter of the sun god and as a protector of mothers. Cats were commonplace in ancient Egypt and the Egyptians believed that prayers made to cats would be heard by the goddess.

The hieroglyphs (ancient Egyptian text) in this design have been taken from the British Museum's Limestone false door of the high priest Ptahshepses. In the Old Kingdom, false doors were a standard feature of tombs in the Memphite region acting as an interface between the worlds of the living and the afterlife. The fa?ade is covered with texts giving good wishes for the afterlife.

Ideal as a teaset - purchase half a dozen mugs and complete your set with one of our bone china teapots.

Discover more about the Gayer- Anderson cat here
Discover more about the hieroglyphs design here

  • Product Code: CMCK44360
  • COMPOSITION: Egyptian Cat
  • Weight: 0.09 Kg