This latest drawing is being submitted to an art show at the Office of Mental Health Promotion at the University of Rochester. The theme of the show is “Relationships.” Usually, the first thought that comes to mind is the relationship between people. However, as many animal lovers know, there is also a special relationship between humans and animals. Indeed, animal-assisted therapy is becoming very main stream. This form of treatment intends to improve a patient’s social, emotional, and cognitive functions.
Of course, throughout history humans have celebrated and sometimes even revered other animals. Take for example cats in ancient Egypt. The first domesticated species in the Middle East, cats were worshipped as a symbol of grace, protection, and motherhood. In celebration of this faith, there are numerous works of art representing felines. Bronze, stone, and wooden cat statues were numerous and accompanied both the living and the dead as they were kept in homes, temples, and tombs. They were painted in bright colors and adorned with gold jewelry. These sculptures represented a graceful species, a revered deity, and a symbol of wealth (pretty sure only a select few could afford gold earrings for statues of their cats in ancient Egypt).
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