• Ancient Cats of 19th Century Japan

  • Ancient Cats of 19th Century Japan

  • Ancient Cats of 19th Century Japan

  • Ancient Cats of 19th Century Japan

  • Ancient Cats of 19th Century Japan

  • Ancient Cats of 19th Century Japan

  • Ancient Cats of 19th Century Japan

Ancient Cats of 19th Century Japan

Our strange obsession with cats might seem like a recent phenomenon, but our fascination with furry felines actually goes back hundreds of years. As we already wrote about in our post about the cats of ancient Egypt, cats were treasured as sacred animals throughout history for their fertility and their propensity for keeping mice at bay (plus, being cute couldn’t hurt either). The Shoto Museum of Art’s upcoming exhibition ねこ・猫・ネコ highlights ancient Japan’s love for the furry feline. Featuring work predominately from the 19th century, the pieces of art show that cats have always been appreciated by humans, even before the Internet.

[Via Spoon & Tamago]

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