Category: Pets Traditional Art
Posted: October 12, 2018

The oldest breed of Egypt

Abessynian cat

by dragifortuna

Pet Art Contest Contest Entry 
The Abyssinian cat is one of the oldest breeds. This unique animal shows 'wild' coloring and possesses an unusually kind nature. Numerous myths exist about the origin of Abyssinian cats, yet nobody can exactly say when and how they came into existence. The ancient Egyptians loved and venerated cats. Like other holy animals (e.g. hawk, ibis, crocodile) cats were regarded as an intermediary between gods and men. The Egyptians saw cats as an embodiment of the goddess Bastet as the protector of the house, family, women and children. Bastet was usually depicted as a woman with a cat?s head. Genetic analysis has proved that the Abyssinian cats are related to the mummified cats from Bubastion and that the cultivation of the breed started 5500 years ago!
Post Type: Traditional Art
Mixed Media: None acrylic on paper

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