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Head of a Cat

Culture Egyptian
Title Head of a Cat
Date 1075–323 BCE
Medium Bronze
Dimensions Object: 2 3/8 in. (6 cm)
Overall: 2 3/8 in. (6 cm)
Credit Line William Lowe Bryan Memorial, Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University
Accession Number 58.16

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1958, Indiana University Art Museum purchase from The Metropolitan Museum of Art [1] with funds from the William Lowe Bryan Memorial [2]

1904–1958, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

1904, Gift to the Metropolitan Museum of Art from Darius Ogden Mills, New York, NY

? –1904, Collection of Darius Ogden Mills, possibly acquires from the Farman Collection


[1] The Metropolitan Museum of Art had a large sale of deaccessioned art from its Egyptian collection.

[2] William Lowe Bryan (1860-1955) was President of Indiana University from 1902-1937. After his death, a memorial fund was established in his honor; this fund supported the purchase of art for the Indiana University Art Museum.

[3] Darius Ogden Mills (1825-1910) was banker, real estate investor, and philanthropist, operating in New York City, but also in California and throughout New York state. He served as president of the New York Botanical Garden and a trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, American Museum of Natural History, and American Geographical Society. He was an avid art collector.

Provenance research is ongoing for this and many other items in the Eskenazi Museum of Art permanent collection. For more information about the provenance of this artwork, please contact the department curator with specific questions.

1976–1982, On loan to the Children's Museum, Indianapolis, IN

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