Yekatarina Barbash- Divine Felines

Divine Felines 
Freer-Sackler Gallery Tour

Dr. Yekatarina Barbash 

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017
4:00 pm: Tour 
ARCE DC members: $30 Non-members: $40
Participation is limited to 15 attendees
R.S.V.P to


**This Event does not take place in our usual location**

Sackler Gallery

1050 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, DC 

Cats’ personalities have made them Internet stars today. In ancient Egypt, cats were associated with divinities, as revealed in Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt. Cat coffins and representations of the cat-headed goddess Bastet are among the extraordinary objects that reveal felines’ critical role in ancient Egyptian religious, social, and political life. Dating from the Middle Kingdom to the Byzantine period, the nearly seventy works include statues, amulets, and other luxury items decorated with feline features, which enjoyed special status among Egyptians. The exhibition, organized by the Brooklyn Museum of Art, also dedicates a small section to cats’ canine counterparts. 

Egyptologist Yekaterina Barbash is Associate Curator of Egyptian Art at the Brooklyn Museum. Barbash received a Ph.D. in ancient Egyptian history, Art, and Philology from the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, where she was also awarded an M.A. She is the recipient of a B.A. from New York University and has studied at the Netherlands Institute of Archaeology and Arabic Studies in Cairo, Egypt. Dr. Barbash has taught at New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies, Berkeley College, The College of New Jersey, and Staten Island CUNY. She has been a member of the Johns Hopkins University expedition to the Mut Precinct in Karnak, Egypt, where the Brooklyn Museum also maintains an excavation, and was a researcher at the Walters Art Museum.