Cats have been intertwined with human life for centuries. They held an iconic place in Egyptian history. If you visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and go to the Egyptian wing, you’re sure to see several in hieroglyphics and sculpture. Here is one cat-related sculpture, the Sphinx of Hatshepsut, created in approximately 1479–1458 B.C. You can find this treasure in Gallery 131 at the Met.

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