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Cats

 Subject
Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
Scope Note: Note: Domesticated member of the genus Felis, rising from a line that developed 70,000/100,000 years ago. Domesticated in Egypt ca. 2,000 BCE, in Cyprus by 9,500 years ago, earlier elsewhere in the Middle East. In some taxonomies, Felis domesticus and Felis sylvestris are the same species. Genetic evidence suggests that the domestic cat developed from an ancestor who also produced the subspecies of wild cat, Felis sylvestris lybica. The house cat appears to have been domesticated in the Middle East at a time when humans recognized its value in protecting fields and granaries from rodents. Egyptian affection and respect for the cat as predator led to the development of religious cat cults and temple worship of cats. Since tabby-like markings appear in the drawings and mummies of ancient Egyptian cats, present-day tabbies probably look much like the sacred cats of Egypt. The first known domestic variation on the wild tabby coloring was the black cat (which also occurs naturally in the wild, but not in great numbers). The darker tabby coat with thicker stripes and swirls probably first appeared in the Middle Ages, the coat pattern being an adaptation that helped the animal to hide better in the shadows of dark medieval streets. The tortoise shell coat probably developed in the 19th century, when the Victorians made cats beloved pets and bred them for color varieties and other characteristics. Until the recent genetic studies, some experts believed the domestic cat was a hybrid of Felis Sylvestris and an Egyptian forest cat that was more docile and also kept in some Egyptian temples.

Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:

Georgia O'Keeffe with cat and dog in Texas, between 1912 and 1918

 Item — Box 6
Identifier: 2006.6.736
Scope and Content Note From the Collection: This collection contains over 1100 photographs, including copy prints, contact sheets, film, and Polaroids relating to the life and work of Georgia O'Keeffe. The collection includes photography by O'Keeffe that reflects her daily life and photography interests, as well as photography of O'Keeffe and her properties, artwork, and travel. A small portion of the collection relates to The Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation and the catalogue raisonne. Copy prints in the collection are often by fine art...

Georgia O'Keeffe with cat and dog in Texas, between 1912 and 1918

 Item — Box 6
Identifier: 2006.6.737
Scope and Content Note From the Collection: This collection contains over 1100 photographs, including copy prints, contact sheets, film, and Polaroids relating to the life and work of Georgia O'Keeffe. The collection includes photography by O'Keeffe that reflects her daily life and photography interests, as well as photography of O'Keeffe and her properties, artwork, and travel. A small portion of the collection relates to The Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation and the catalogue raisonne. Copy prints in the collection are often by fine art...

Portrait of Frances O'Brien and Michi, probably 1971

 Item
Identifier: 2015.1.67
Scope and Content Note From the Collection: The Frances O'Brien Papers Relating to Georgia O'Keeffe contains materials collected by Frances O'Brien. The materials document the friendship between the two women from the mid-1940s to the early 1970s.There are approximately one hundred original letters, postcards, and telegrams from O'Keeffe to O'Brien dating from 1947 to 1971. Additionally, there are photocopies of letters from O'Keeffe to O'Brien (only a few photocopies for which there is no original), as well as photocopies of...

Portrait of Frances O'Brien and Michi, probably 1971

 Item
Identifier: 2015.1.68
Scope and Content Note From the Collection: The Frances O'Brien Papers Relating to Georgia O'Keeffe contains materials collected by Frances O'Brien. The materials document the friendship between the two women from the mid-1940s to the early 1970s.There are approximately one hundred original letters, postcards, and telegrams from O'Keeffe to O'Brien dating from 1947 to 1971. Additionally, there are photocopies of letters from O'Keeffe to O'Brien (only a few photocopies for which there is no original), as well as photocopies of...