This ostracon shows a cheerful episode from an Egyptian folktale. In this tale the roles of the natural world are reversed. Here, a cat, standing on its hind legs, acts as guide and protector to a flock of six ducks or geese, arranged in two registers, or sections.
Above the birds is a nest filled with eggs. The cat is equipped with a small bag of provisions suspended from the end of a long crook, which is carried over its shoulder.
New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, ca. 1550-1292 BC. Painted limestone, from Deir el-Medina, West Thebes. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 63801