Egyptian Cat tie

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This woven silk tie features a design 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 design on this tie features a repeated cat motif alongside hieroglyphs- ancient Egyptian text. 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 facade is covered with texts giving good wishes for the afterlife.

Read more about the Gayer-Anderson cat here

  • Product Code: CMCT44330
  • Dimension: Widest part: 8.5cm
  • SUBTITLE: British Museum
  • Gift: For him
  • Exhibition: Ancient lives
  • Material: 100% Silk
  • Details: Designed by the Museum's in-house team.
  • Weight: 0.05 Kg

This woven silk tie features a design 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 design on this tie features a repeated cat motif alongside hieroglyphs- ancient Egyptian text. 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 facade is covered with texts giving good wishes for the afterlife.

Read more about the Gayer-Anderson cat here

  • Product Code: CMCT44330
  • Weight: 0.05 Kg