Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt

October 9, 2016 to January 8, 2017
| Chilton I Gallery
Sphinx of King Sheshenq, ca. 945-718 B.C.E., Bronze, Brooklyn Museum. Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 33.586Figurine of a Standing Lion-Headed Goddess, Faience, Brooklyn Museum. Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.943ESpoon with Jackal Handle, ca. 1539-1292 B.C.E., wood, Brooklyn Museum. Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.623ECat with Kittens, ca. 664-30 B.C.E. or later, bronze, wood, Brooklyn Museum. Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.406EFunerary Stela of C. Julius Valerius, 3rd century C.E., limestone, traces of paint, Brooklyn Museum. Gift of Evangeline Wilbour Blashfield, Theodora Wilbour, and Victor Wilbour honoring the wishes of their mother, Charlotte Beebe Wilbour, as a memorial to their father, Charles Edwin Wilbour, 16.105Weight in Form of a Cat, 305-30 B.C.E., bronze, silver, lead, Brooklyn Museum. Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.424E

From domesticated cats to mythic symbols of divinities, felines played an important role in ancient Egypt for thousands of years. Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt features cats and lions in ancient Egyptian mythology, kingship, and everyday life through diverse representations from the world-famous holdings of the Brooklyn Museum. The exhibition features more than eighty objects exploring wild and domestic cats, feline deities, cat burial practices and luxury items decorated with feline features, as well as a small section on dogs.

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Wear your game day gear to the DMA Thanksgiving weekend and receive $5 off a “Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt” special exhibition ticket. 

Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt will require a $16 special exhibition ticket with discounts for seniors, students, and military. DMA Members and children 11 and under are free.

Programs

Late Night Talk: Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt

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Learn more about the DMA’s newest exhibition, Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt, with Dr. Yekaterina BarbashAssociate Curator of Egyptian Art at the Brooklyn Museum. The exhibition features more than eighty objects from the Brooklyn Museum and the DMA’s permanent collection and explores themes of mythology, kingship, and everyday life in ancient Egypt through representations of felines.

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Late Night Talk/ Boshell Lecture: Cleopatra's Needles: The Lost Obelisks of Egypt

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How do you transport an object that is thousands of years old and weighs more than a jumbo jet? In his compelling new book Cleopatra’s Needles: The Lost Obelisks of Egypt, renowned Egyptologist Dr. Bob Brier tells the story of three massive obelisks leaving Egypt for London, Paris, and New York in the late 19th century—the first time Egyptian obelisks had been exported since the Renaissance. Dr. Brier will share how obelisks were quarried and raised in ancient Egypt and recount the remarkable adventures involved in bringing the three obelisks across oceans to their new homes.

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Boshell Lecture: Mummies Unwrapped

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Just in time for Halloween, join DMA curators Anne Bromberg and Kimberly Jones for a talk about three traditions of human mummification: those of Egypt, the Andes, and China. Discover the hows and whys of mummification through burial objects from the DMA's collection. 

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Gallery Talks

Wednesdays, 12:15 p.m.

Grab a bite of insight and join DMA staff, artists, and local scholars to explore the Museum's collection and exhibitions during weekly lunchtime gallery talks.

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Late Nights at the Dallas Museum of Art

Third Fridays, 6:00 p.m.–midnight

On Friday, July 21, sachey, chantey your way to the Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion exhibition and stay late for a night of fashion talks, films, tours, and art activities. Release your inner diva and show off your creativity - come dressed as Lady Gaga and enter to win our costume contest. 

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