John Weguelin

The Obsequies of an Egyptian Cat

The Obsequies of an Egyptian Cat by John Weguelin

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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
Production date
oil on canvas
994 x 1425 x 85 mm
J.R. Weguelin 1886 (l.r.)
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
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International Art
Display status
On display

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