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Ostracon with drawing of mouse and cats

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Satirical painted scenes-mouse being waited on by a cat (top) and cat playing nursemaid to a nest full of eggs and fledglings (bottom).

Provenance

Probably from Thebes. 1929: purchased in Luxor by Donald F. Brown; 1929-1976: Donald F. Brown collection, Palermo, ME; 1976: given to the MFA by Donald F. Brown. (Accession Date: December 8, 1976)

Credit Line

Mary L. Smith Fund

Egyptian, New Kingdom, Dynasty 19–20, 1295–1070 B.C.

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Dimensions

Height x width: 12.5 x 10 cm (4 15/16 x 3 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

1976.784

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Ostraca