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:
Carlo Crivelli. Saint George and the Dragon. 1470. Berenson described it to Mrs. Gardner as "more woderful than any Japanese lacquer... drawn as if by lightning" before he bought it for her in 1897. Though little is known of Saint George, who is here portrayed as a medieval knight, his traditional role is dragon slayer and protector of a virgin. He is the patron saint of England. He was martyred in Palestine probably before the time of Constantine.
Tomb-chapel of Nebamun Thebes, Egypt Late 18th Dynasty, around 1350 BC (location Room 61 Bristish Museum)