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The Hermitage Cats

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Paperback (BC)
01 Jul 2015
Published in association with The State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, this book is dedicated to one of humanity’s oldest companions – the cat. In ancient Egypt, cats were sacred animals, with the goddess Bastet often depicted in cat form, sometimes taking on the war-like aspect of a lioness. The Romans are often credited with introducing the domestic cat from Egypt to Europe. Several ancient religions believed cats are exalted souls, companions or guides for humans, that are all-knowing but mute so they cannot influence decisions made by humans. In Japan, the maneki neko cat is a symbol of good fortune. Their hidden talents and capabilities are spoken of in the secret language of symbols and allegories. The book is illustrated with works of an of different eras and genres. selected mainly from the collections of the State Hermitage. It is aimed at everyone who has a soft spot for our four-legged friends and is inclined to think of the cat as much more than just a “domestic animal”
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