Egyptian cat hunting in the marshes A tawny cat catches birds among the papyrus stems. Cats were family pets in ancient Egypt, and at palaces and revered ast Bast. The cat shown here could also represent the Sun-god hunting the enemies of light and order. The Tomb-chapel of Nebamun Thebes, Egypt. Late 18th Dynasty, around 1350 BCE. Salt Collection British Museum, Room 61:
Faience Cat Ancient Egypt - 26th Dynasty Vivid blue faience cat seated on a base and wearing a collar Sacred animal to the sun god Ra and Bastet. The earliest Egyptian depiction of the cat took the form of three hieroglyph symbols, each representing seated cats. These formed part of the phrase ‘Lord of the City of Cats’ inscribed on a stone block from El-Lisht that may date as early as the reign of Pepy II, 2278-2184 BC. The Egyptian word for cat was the onomatopoeic term miw.