John Weguelin

The Obsequies of an Egyptian Cat

The Obsequies of an Egyptian Cat by John Weguelin

Artwork Detail

In 1889 eight illustrations by J R Weguelin, although not this image, were published in The Cat of Bubastes: A Tale of Ancient Egypt, by the popular and prolific historical novelist G A Henty. The plot turns on the accidental killing of a sacred cat:

So esteemed were even the most common animals of the cat tribe that, if a cat happened to die in a house, the inhabitants went into mourning and shaved their eyebrows in token of their grief; the embalmers were sent for, the dead cat made into a mummy, and conveyed with much solemnity to the great catacombs set aside for the burial of the sacred animals.

The Obsequies of an Egyptian Cat
John Weguelin
Production date
oil on canvas
994 x 1425 x 85 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
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International Art
Display status
Not on display

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