The ancient Egyptians held cats in the highest esteem, and so did the owners of this custom pet portrait of a Cat Pharaoh. Lauded for its ability to hunt vermin and kill dangerous snakes, the domesticated feline became a symbol of grace and poise in Ancient Egypt.
Our goal with this custom piece was to reflect the grace and poise of the feline. Using the tomb of Tutankhamun for visual inspiration, we wanted to create a painting indebted to the famous Great Sphinx of Giza.
We kept the color palette limited to hues of blue and yellow, both to maintain a focus on our feline subject as well as to pay respect to the restraint and formalism of classical Egyptian art.
It’s important to remember that the works of the ancients were never intended to be seen by our eyes; they were designed for the benefit of the divine or the deceased.
Our hope is that this portrait will be discovered, hundreds if not thousands of years from now, and that future archaeologists will learn that the 21st century was actually not too different from the times of Ancient Egypt. After all, most of us are still writing on walls and worshipping cats.