The Gayer Anderson CatThe Gayer Anderson Cat

This book presents a detailed description of the Cat, illustrated by outstanding new photography, as well as a discussion of its possible meaning and role in ancient times.

Author: Neal Spencer

Publisher: British Museum Publications Limited

ISBN: 0714119733


Page: 64

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The Gayer-Anderson Cat has been one of the most admired objects at the British Museum since its arrival in 1947. A superb example of ancient metal craftsmanship, its elegant form, gold jewellery and elaborate necklace with solar symbols encapsulate for many the mysterious nature of Egyptian religion. This book presents a detailed description of the Cat, illustrated by outstanding new photography, as well as a discussion of its possible meaning and role in ancient times. Surprising new finds from scientific analyses are presented for the first time, shedding light on the Cat's somewhat traumatic modern history, from its acquisition by the British Army major and avid antiques collector John Gayer-Anderson to its donation to the British Museum.

The Gayer Anderson CatThe Gayer Anderson Cat

This text contains a selection of the prints and drawings of Albrecht Durer (1471-1528).

Author: Neal Spencer


ISBN: STANFORD:36105124033973


Page: 64

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This text contains a selection of the prints and drawings of Albrecht Durer (1471-1528). It includes some of Durer's best-known works including early figure studies, landscape watercolours, animal studies drawn from nature and his imaginative famous prints such as 'Adam and Eve' and 'Rhinoceros'."

Gayer Anderson Cat NotebookGayer Anderson Cat Notebook

The famous bronze cat in the ancient Egyptian collections of the British Museum dates from Memphis or Saqqara in Egypt, c.600 BC and is given a modern twist in this pop art notebook.

Author: British Museum Press


ISBN: 0714190942


Page: 112

View: 985

The famous bronze cat in the ancient Egyptian collections of the British Museum dates from Memphis or Saqqara in Egypt, c.600 BC and is given a modern twist in this pop art notebook.

The Sutton Hoo Helmet The Lewis Chessmen Hoa Hakananai a The Rosetta Stone The Gayer Anderson CatThe Sutton Hoo Helmet The Lewis Chessmen Hoa Hakananai a The Rosetta Stone The Gayer Anderson Cat

The Gayer-Anderson Cat has been one of the most admired objects at the British Museum since its arrival in 1947. This book presents a detailed description of the cat and a discussion of its possible meaning and role in ancient times.



ISBN: 0714150878


Page: 320

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Keynote A box set containing the Object in Focus titles on five of the most famous and iconic objects at the British Museum Objects in Focus is an innovative series of short, accessible books which serve as general introductions by telling the story of one key object Sales points Evocative stories about where the objects came from, the hands they passed through before reaching the Museum, and their artistic and historical significance Elegantly and spaciously designed, and including historical images placing the objects in all their contexts With individual Object in Focus titles retailing at £5.00, this box set represents hugely good value and is a superb gift or souvenir Description of each title/object The Rosetta Stone contains a decree written three times in Greek, Demotic and hieroglyphic that provided the key to deciphering the mysterious hieroglyphic script of ancient Egypt, and opened up 3,000 years of that countrys history and culture. The Gayer-Anderson Cat has been one of the most admired objects at the British Museum since its arrival in 1947. This book presents a detailed description of the cat and a discussion of its possible meaning and role in ancient times. The Sutton Hoo Helmet has been a highly evocative symbol of Anglo-Saxon England since its discovery in 1939. The Lewis Chessmen were probably made in Norway around AD 11501200. These enchanting chess pieces consist of elaborately worked walrus ivory and whales teeth in the forms of seated kings and queens, mitred bishops, knights on their mounts, standing warders and pawns. A hugely popular attraction at the Museum, especially since they featured in the Harry Potter films. Hoa Hakananaia, or stolen/hidden friend, is one of the instantly recognizable statues from Easter Island.

Masterpieces of the British MuseumMasterpieces of the British Museum

From the Warren Cup to Durers Rhinoceros, the Lewis Chessmen to the Aztec turquoise serpent and the Gayer-Anderson Cat, the iconic objects of the British Museum are here presented in an exciting and accessible new way, highlighting the ...

Author: J. D. Hill

Publisher: British Museum Publications Limited

ISBN: 071415105X


Page: 304

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The British Museums collection is one of the worlds finest and broadest, ranging from prehistoric times to the present in ancient and modern cultures around the globe. This new and updated edition includes many recent acquisitions and new discoveries, such as Picassos stunning Vollard Suite and the intriguing Vale of York Viking hoard, and showcases a selection of more than 250 of the most beautiful and important objects drawn from across the Museum. Each object is presented with its own fascinating story and is strikingly illustrated in full colour. From the Warren Cup to Dürers Rhinoceros, the Lewis Chessmen to the Aztec turquoise serpent and the Gayer-Anderson Cat, the iconic objects of the British Museum are here presented in an exciting and accessible new way, highlighting the superb craftsmanship and ingenuity of those who created each of these splendid pieces. Grouped into sections based on cross-cultural themes, such as rulers, mythical beasts, dress and the human form, the resulting juxtapositions offer intriguing new insights into these widely varied masterpieces. Introduced by Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, this is a stunning overview of artistic and cultural achievement around the world.

Offerings to the Discerning EyeOfferings to the Discerning Eye

A photograph of the Beit al-Kretliya during Gayer-Anderson's tenure ... limited to some coffin boards, a replica of the famous Gayer-Anderson cat that was ...

Author: Sue D'Auria

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004178748


Page: 362

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Egyptologist Jack A. Josephson, a writer and researcher in the tradition of the gentleman scholar, has achieved broad recognition as an authority in Egyptian art history. His lucid investigative analyses have probed and redefined the limits of inquiry, expanded research parameters, and broadened perspectives, emphasizing the undeniable contributions of art history in an intra-disciplinary framework. This volume of collected essays is dedicated to Josephson by distinguished friends and colleagues, a select roster including eminent, established scholars in the field of Egyptology and rising stars of the younger generation. Josephson views Egyptian art history as a critical but neglected area of study, and is a strong proponent of its reinstatement in the academic curriculum as an essential component in the formation of new cadres. The quality of the articles in this Egyptological medley is a tribute to the honoree and an affirmation of the esteem of his peers, while the range of subjects and variety of themes addressed reflect the degree to which he has, in his own scholarship, undertaken to implement his ideal.

Leaving the Wild The Unnatural History of Dogs Cats Cows and HorsesLeaving the Wild The Unnatural History of Dogs Cats Cows and Horses

The Unnatural History of Dogs, Cats, Cows, and Horses Gavin Ehringer. Anderson paid ... For nearly a year, Gayer-Anderson painstakingly restored the statue, ...

Author: Gavin Ehringer

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781681776064


Page: 336

View: 293

A thought-provoking and surprising book that explores the ever-evolving relationship between humans and domesticated animals. The domestication of animals changed the course of human history. But what about the animals who abandoned their wild existence in exchange for our care and protection? Domestication has proven to be a wildly successful survival strategy. But this success has not been without its drawbacks. A modern dairy cow’s daily energy output equals that of a Tour de France rider. Feral cats overpopulate urban areas. And our methods of breeding horses and dogs have resulted in debilitating and sometimes lethal genetic diseases. But these problems and more can be addressed, if we have the will and the compassion. Human values and choices determine an animal’s lot in life even before he or she is born. Just as a sculptor’s hands shape clay, so human values shape our animals—for good and or ill. The little-examined, yet omnipresent act of breeding lies at the core of Gavin Ehringer's eye-opening book. You’ll meet cows cloned from steaks, a Quarter horse stallion valued at $7.5 million, Chinese dogs that glow in the dark, and visit a Denver cat show featuring naked cats and other cuddly mutants. Is this what the animals bargained for all those millennia ago, when they first joined us by the fire?

Object Worlds in Ancient EgyptObject Worlds in Ancient Egypt

What does it mean to buy the Gayer-Anderson cat today? If we examine the website for the British Museum shop one finds two extremely contrastive forms by ...

Author: Lynn Meskell

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000181289


Page: 260

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Egypt looms large in the Western imagination. Whether it is our attraction to pharaonic art, the pyramids or practices of mummification, Egypts unique understanding of materiality speaks to us across space and time. Is it because the ancient Egyptians fetishized material objects that we find their culture captivating today? And what exactly do Egyptian remains tell us about biography, embodiment, memory, materiality, and the self? Object Worlds in Ancient Egypt takes New Kingdom Egypt (1539-1070 BC) as its starting point and considers how excavated objects reveal the complex ways that ancient Egyptians experienced their material world. From life to death, the material world instantiated, reflected and influenced social life and existence for ancient Egyptians. Thus, in Meskells unique approach to the materiality and sensuousness of subjects and objects, we uncover the philosophical, spiritual and human meanings embedded in these cultural artefacts. Meskells book explores the fundamental existential questions that not only preoccupied ancient Egyptians, but continue to fascinate people today. What is the essence of persons and things? How might we understand the situated experiences of material life, the constitution of the object world and its shaping of human experience? How might objects successfully mediate between worlds? In the final analysis, Meskell moves forward through time and examines the consumption and appreciation of these Egyptian material objects in the contemporary world. Materiality is our physical engagement with the world, our medium for inserting ourselves into the fabric of that world and our way of constituting and shaping culture in an embodied and external sense. From that perspective it is very much the domain of anthropology and archaeology.Drawing on a wide range of objects, artefacts, and artwork, from Valley of the Kings through to Las Vegas, Meskell provides an elegant analysis of the aesthetics of ancient Egyptian material culture

The Egyptian Collection at Norwich Castle MuseumThe Egyptian Collection at Norwich Castle Museum

... instances of cats with the wedjateye amulet suspended from the neck are the well-known Gayer-Anderson cat (BM EA64391); and MMA 04.2.477; ...

Author: Faye Kalloniatis

Publisher: Oxbow Books

ISBN: 9781789251975


Page: 464

View: 814

The Egyptian Collection at Norwich Castle Museum represents the first full publication of this important collection which contains several outstanding objects. Part 1 begins with an outline of the acquisition history of the Egyptian collection and its display within Norwich Castle in 1894, when it was converted from a prison to a museum. The collection was largely acquired between the nineteenth and first part of the twentieth centuries. Its most prominent donor was Flaxman Spurrell, whose varied collection of flints, faience beads and necklaces as well as Late Antique cloths was obtained from Sir Flinders Petrie. Also prominent was the Norwich-based Colman family, most notable for its manufacture of mustard, whose collection was purchased in Egypt during the late-C19. Also included in this part are essays on several of the museum’s outstanding items – Ipu’s shroud, a rare early 18th Dynasty example with fragments also held in Cairo; the 22nd Dynasty finely decorated and well-preserved cartonnage and wooden lid of the priest, Ankh-hor; and the exceptional model granary of Nile clay painted with lively scenes, one showing the owner, Intef, playing senet. Part 2 is a detailed catalogue of the complete collection. It is organised into sections with objects grouped together mainly according to type – stelae, shabtis, scarabs, jewellery, amulets, vessels, flints, lamps, inscribed Book of the Dead fragments, metal figurines, and Late Antique cloths; and also according to function – such as cosmetics& grooming, and architectural & furniture elements. The inscribed materials have all been translated and individual entries give examples or parallels. Seventy colour plates illustrate each object.

Ammonites and Leaping FishAmmonites and Leaping Fish

They met up again a bit later in Cairo, where GayerAnderson showed my ... So what does the Gayer-Anderson cat mean to me, staring inscrutable from one ...

Author: Penelope Lively

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780241966990


Page: 240

View: 688

A memoir that addresses ageing, memory, time and a life in the 20th century, by one of our greatest writers, Penelope Lively. 'This is not quite a memoir. Rather, it is the view from old age. And a view of old age itself, this place at which we arrive with a certain surprise - ambushed, or so it can seem. One of the few advantages of age is that you can report on it with a certain authority; you are a native now, and know what goes on here.' In this charming but powerful memoir, Penelope Lively reports from beyond the horizon of old age. She describes what old age feels like for those who have arrived there and considers the implications of this new demographic. She looks at the context of a life and times, the history and archaeology that is actually being made as we live out our lives in real time, in her case World War II; post war penny-pinching Britain; the Suez crisis; the Cold War and up to the present day. She examines the tricks and truths of memory. She looks back over a lifetime of reading and writing. And finally she looks at her identifying cargo of possessions - two ammonites, a cat, a pair of American ducks and a leaping fish sherd, amongst others. This is an elegant, moving and deeply enjoyable memoir by one of our most loved writers.

Dancing Fish and AmmonitesDancing Fish and Ammonites

They met up again a bit later in Cairo, where GayerAnderson showed my ... So what does the Gayer-Anderson cat mean to me, staring inscrutable from one ...

Author: Penelope Lively

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780698140141


Page: 224

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The beloved and bestselling author takes an intimate look back at a life of reading and writing “The memory that we live with . . . is the moth-eaten version of our own past that each of us carries around, depends on. It is our ID; this is how we know who we are and where we have been.” Memory and history have been Penelope Lively’s terrain in fiction over a career that has spanned five decades. But she has only rarely given readers a glimpse into her influences and formative years. Dancing Fish and Ammonites traces the arc of Lively’s life, stretching from her early childhood in Cairo to boarding school in England to the sweeping social changes of Britain’s twentieth century. She reflects on her early love of archeology, the fragments of the ancients that have accompanied her journey—including a sherd of Egyptian ceramic depicting dancing fish and ammonites found years ago on a Dorset beach. She also writes insightfully about aging and what life looks like from where she now stands.

Oleander JacarandaOleander Jacaranda

But a crucial item found its way to the British Museum: the Gayer-Anderson cat, a superb black basalt statuette with a gold ring through its nose which ...

Author: Penelope Lively

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780141903002


Page: 192

View: 147

This autobiography is about growing up in Egypt. It is also an investigation into childhood perception in which the author uses herself and her memories as an insight into how children see and know. It is a look at Eygpt up to, and including, World War II from a small girl's point of view, which is also, ultimately, a moving and rather sad picture of an isolated and lonely little girl.

Stephen SpenderStephen Spender

(The 'Gayer-Anderson cat', immortalized on innumerable BM posters, is their best-known monument; they also founded the Gayer-Anderson museum in Cairo).

Author: John Sutherland

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780195178166


Page: 627

View: 600

The literary, political, and artistic interests of poet and cultural icon Stephen Spender are illuminated in this narrative based on his private papers, tracing his rise to success as a poet in the 1930s through his later years as cultural statesman of the twentieth century, and examining his relationships with such luminaries as Dylan Thomas, Sylvia Plath, T. S. Eliot, and Virgina Woolf.

A Book of CatsA Book of Cats

... 3rd Earl of Southampton, in the Tower of London in 1603, attributed to John de Critz. The Gayer-Anderson cat, representing the Egyptian goddess Bastet.

Author: Dorothy Margaret Stuart

Publisher: Fonthill Media




View: 339

The cat -- a goddess, an enigma, a playmate and a friend. Dorothy M. Stuart approaches her subject along four main roads: archaeology, history, legend and literature. The Ancient Egyptian Mau is here; the enchanted cats of Irish legend; the Gib of Gammer Gurton s Needle. Hodge and Selima, Jeffry and Dinah refused to be left out; but there are less familiar examples, too: the cat which voluntarily shared the Earl of Southampton s captivity in the Tower; the kitten in whose defence John Keats had a stand up fight with a brutal butcher-boy of Hampstead; the delinquent who at dead of night gnawed the strings of her master s lute. Graymalkin, the witches familiar, comes into the picture; and we catch fascinating glimpses of two furry sympathizers licking the tears from Florence Nightingale s cheeks, and of Cardinal Richelieu solemnly adding something on behalf of a cat and her kittens to the modest pension assigned by His Eminence to Mademoiselle Marie de Gournay, Montaigne s polished female friend. Dorothy M. Stuart is better known for her elegant and polished biographies, but in this short book we see a lighter side of her pen in an appreciation of feline company.

Chief Of SeersChief Of Seers

BENGT PETERSON JUST by the Ibn Tulun mosque in Cairo the Gayer-Anderson Museum of ... Some pieces are well known, e.g. the GayerAnderson cat in the British ...

Author: Goring

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136156731


Page: 256

View: 115

Written in memory of the late Cyril Aldred, one of the world's most highly regarded experts in Egyptian art, the 30 original and thought-provoking essays in this volume, by an international team of leading scholars, are a major contribution to Egyptian art history, to Egyptology and to art history in general.

History of the World in 100 AnimalsHistory of the World in 100 Animals

Cats purr would have met with a mixed welcome. ... You can find the famous figure of what's known as the Gayer-Anderson cat in the British Museum: an ...

Author: Simon Barnes

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781471186332


Page: 416

View: 757

'So, so good! ... More gems than a pirate's chest ... science, art, history, culture - it's epic and mammoth, a repository of all our truths through their lives' Chris Packham A powerful and fascinating insight into the 100 animals - from the blue whale to the mosquito - that have had the biggest influence on humanity through the ages. We are not alone. We are not alone on the planet. We are not alone in the countryside. We are not alone in cities. We are not alone in our homes. We are humans and we love the idea of our uniqueness. But the fact is that we humans are as much members of the animal kingdom as the cats and dogs we surround ourselves with, the cows and the fish we eat, and the bees who pollinate so many of our food-plants. In The History of the World in 100 Animals, award-winning author Simon Barnes selects the 100 animals who have had the greatest impact on humanity and on whom humanity has had the greatest effect. He shows how we have domesticated animals for food and for transport, and how animals powered agriculture, making civilisation possible. A species of flea came close to destroying human civilisation in Europe, while the slaughter of a species of bovines was used to create one civilisation and destroy another. He explains how pigeons made possible the biggest single breakthrough in the history of human thought. In short, he charts the close relationship between humans and animals, finding examples from around the planet that bring the story of life on earth vividly to life, with great insight and understanding. The heresy of human uniqueness has led us across the millennia along the path of destruction. This book, beautifully illustrated throughout, helps us to understand our place in the world better, so that we might do a better job of looking after it. That might save the polar bears, the modern emblem of impending loss and destruction. It might even save ourselves.

The Culture of Animals in AntiquityThe Culture of Animals in Antiquity

... Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 55.3 (1998), 16–29. N. Spencer, The Gayer-Anderson Cat (London 2007). N.B. Todd, 'Cats and commerce', ...

Author: Sian Lewis

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351782494


Page: 768

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The Culture of Animals in Antiquity provides students and researchers with well-chosen and clearly presented ancient sources in translation, some well-known, others undoubtedly unfamiliar, but all central to a key area of study in ancient history: the part played by animals in the cultures of the ancient Mediterranean. It brings new ideas to bear on the wealth of evidence – literary, historical and archaeological – which we possess for the experiences and roles of animals in the ancient world. Offering a broad picture of ancient cultures in the Mediterranean as part of a wider ecosystem, the volume is on an ambitious scale. It covers a broad span of time, from the sacred animals of dynastic Egypt to the imagery of the lamb in early Christianity, and of region, from the fallow deer introduced and bred in Roman Britain to the Asiatic lioness and her cubs brought as a gift by the Elamites to the Great King of Persia. This sourcebook is essential for anyone wishing to understand the role of animals in the ancient world and support learning for one of the fastest growing disciplines in Classics.

Evolutionary MetaphorsEvolutionary Metaphors

In fact, he includes in his book an image of a cat adorned with the Egyptian symbol of the Udjat (the eye of Horus), otherwise known as The Gayer-Anderson ...

Author: David J. Moore

Publisher: John Hunt Publishing

ISBN: 9781789040883


Page: 176

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Evolutionary Metaphors is an exploration of the many occult, esoteric, imaginative as well as creative speculations that have resonated around the UFO phenomenon. Understanding the phenomena as an archetypal challenge to our cultural limitations, the author, David J. Moore, incorporates Colin Wilson’s optimistic ‘new existentialism’ with the recent studies in ufology. The book presents a spiritual and philosophical foundation for the creative integration of our consciousness towards anomalous experience. It is a call for what Carl Jung called ‘active imagination’ and Coleridge’s poetic-imaginative access to the deeper streams of consciousness - that which exists below the iceberg. By presenting a fresh approach in the inter-disciplinary spirit, Moore offers a vision into human existence - as well as the symbolical realities - that aims to integrate our evolutionary minds with a new understanding of reality.

Hidden TreasureHidden Treasure

“Shouldn't I?” “Bling is okay in its place, but in this case, it's the cat that caught my eye. It reminds me of the Gayer-Anderson Cat, a famous example of ...

Author: Jane K. Cleland

Publisher: Minotaur Books

ISBN: 9781250242785


Page: 304

View: 166

The discovery of a mysterious antique trunk leads to a disappearance—and murder—in the latest in this beloved cozy series set on the rugged New Hampshire coast, Jane K. Cleland's Hidden Treasure. When antiques expert Josie Prescott finds a mysterious trunk, no one thinks it could lead to murder. Josie, the owner of Prescott’s Antiques & Auctions, and her new husband, Ty, have finally found their dream home, a Victorian beauty on the beach known in the town of Rocky Point as the “Gingerbread House.” It was recently vacated by Maudie Wilson, an aging widow, whose concerned nieces have moved her into a nearby assisted living facility. Josie befriends Maudie, who seems surprisingly sharp, considering her family’s doubts about her soundness of mind. As Josie and Ty joyfully begin renovations on the Gingerbread House, the nieces report that Maudie, in her forgetfulness, may have left behind an old trunk, which she’s desperate to get back. Sure enough, Josie finds the trunk inside a hidden compartment, and within it a jewel-encrusted box holding a sculpture of a cat. Josie can understand the sense of urgency about getting the objects back—they look valuable, and not just in the sentimental sense. But when Josie goes to return the box to Maudie, the woman has vanished. And on the floor of her empty apartment lies a corpse, a woman bludgeoned to death. Sick with worry for Maudie’s safety, Josie begins to piece together the clues to the murder. Everyone around her seems to want to pitch in, from Maudie’s family, to the receptionist at the facility, to the young couple helping Josie with her renovations, but with the killer so close to home, Josie has to be on her guard.