Art: Another Assyrian Lion/Cat

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Posted by andreas from ( on Monday, December 09, 2002 at 3:36PM :

"Mortified Cat"


Source: Lady Dwindelbimmer Ralston's Gallery of the More or Less Unidentifiable

"Mortified Cat"

Assyria, 8th Century BC
18cm ~ Bronze, stone inserts

This is one of a collection of what has become known as the Embarrassed Animals Series. The unknown sculptor had a fascination with depicting both wild and domestic animals at a moment of abysmally low self-esteem. What the cat, in this case, had done is a matter of conjecture. It is suspected that the artist did not care for animals very much.

Nearby excavations have uncovered the "Abashed Goat," the "Humiliated Donkey," the "Chagrined Goose," the "Embarrassed Hedgehog," and the rarely-shown dog sculpture popularly known as "The Huge Dump on the Good Carpet."

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