Drawing of a cat


Description of Drawing (English): cat
Findspot: Smyrna, Basilica (Agora.1)
Drawing Category: Animals
Writing Style: Graffito/incised
  • Graffito Height: 5.7
  • Graffito Length: 7.5
Bibliography: Bagnall, R. S. et al., Graffiti from the Basilica in the Agora of Smyrna (2016): 103.
Commentary: Small graffito of a feline located at the western face of Pier A17, looking into Bay 6. The body is in profile, while the fully frontal muzzle confronts the viewer. Advancing toward the left, the animal is only partially sketched. Clearly identifiable are the triangular head, the two narrow eyes, the whiskers and nose, the furry paws, and the tail. Considering the small size and the mediocre state of preservation, it is difficult to ascertain if the graffito was meant to portray another small feline or a domestic cat.
Suggested Citation: AGP-SMYD00062, The Ancient Graffiti Project, <http://ancientgraffiti.org/Graffiti/graffito/AGP-SMYD00062> [accessed: 16 Apr 2024]

Editor: Roger S. Bagnall

Principal Contributor: Roger S. Bagnall

Last Revision: 2016-10-03