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. <br> <br> 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. <br> <br> 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. <br> <br> Ideal as a teaset - purchase half a dozen mugs and complete your set with one of our bone china teapots. <br> <br> <a href="http://bit.ly/XIGCDB" target="_blank" title="Discover more about the Gayer- Anderson cat here" class="linkarrow">Discover more about the Gayer- Anderson cat here<span class="arrow"></span></a> <br> <a href="http://bit.ly/XIH1Ga " target="_blank" title="Read more about the Limestone false door of Ptahshepses" class="linkarrow">Discover more about the hieroglyphs design here<span class="arrow"></span> </a>

Exclusive to the British Museum, a bone china mug inspired by the ancient Egyptian worship of cats.

Sacred to the ancient Egyptians, cats were particularly important to the goddess Bast (Bastet). She was often depicted as having the body of a woman and the head of a cat. Bastet was so highly regarded by the Egyptians that she became a household goddess as the protector of women, children and domestic cats. She was also the goddess of sunrise, music, dance and pleasure as well as family, fertility and birth.

The hieroglyphs 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 façade is covered with texts giving good wishes for the afterlife.

A delightful gift for a lover of cats and ancient Egyptian history.

  • Product Code: CMCK44360
  • Product Weight: 0.21Kg
  • Theme: Ancient Egypt
  • T.P: 3.00
  • Dimensions: H10 x Dia.8cm, 325 ml
  • Details: Microwave safe
    Dishwasher safe
  • Postage Weight: 0.21 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. <br> <br> 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. <br> <br> 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. <br> <br> Ideal as a teaset - purchase half a dozen mugs and complete your set with one of our bone china teapots. <br> <br> <a href="http://bit.ly/XIGCDB" target="_blank" title="Discover more about the Gayer- Anderson cat here" class="linkarrow">Discover more about the Gayer- Anderson cat here<span class="arrow"></span></a> <br> <a href="http://bit.ly/XIH1Ga " target="_blank" title="Read more about the Limestone false door of Ptahshepses" class="linkarrow">Discover more about the hieroglyphs design here<span class="arrow"></span> </a>

Exclusive to the British Museum, a bone china mug inspired by the ancient Egyptian worship of cats.

Sacred to the ancient Egyptians, cats were particularly important to the goddess Bast (Bastet). She was often depicted as having the body of a woman and the head of a cat. Bastet was so highly regarded by the Egyptians that she became a household goddess as the protector of women, children and domestic cats. She was also the goddess of sunrise, music, dance and pleasure as well as family, fertility and birth.

The hieroglyphs 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 façade is covered with texts giving good wishes for the afterlife.

A delightful gift for a lover of cats and ancient Egyptian history.

  • Product Code: CMCK44360
  • Product Weight: 0.21Kg
  • Theme: Ancient Egypt
  • T.P: 3.00
  • Dimensions: H10 x Dia.8cm, 325 ml
  • Details: Microwave safe
    Dishwasher safe
  • Postage Weight: 0.21 Kg
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