À bout de souffle (1960) dir.Jean-Luc Godard
Publication info A Paris :… Gilles Corrozet …,1555.
Research Library, The Getty Research Institute
Publication info Tokio :Kelly and Walsh, Ltd.,1899.
Dorothy H. Hoover Library, Ontario College of Art & Design
By Edwards, George, 1694-1773
Catesby, Mark, 1683-1749
Publication info Amsterdam :J.C. Sepp,1772-1781.
Missouri Botanical Garden, Peter H. Raven Library
Cat and Mouse, Egyptian, dates to ca.1295-1075 B.C.E.
An ostracon is a smooth flake of stone (or, less often, pottery) that the Egyptians used instead of expensive papyrus for drawing or writing. This example of an “animal fable” vignette shows a plump, middle-aged mouse seated on an elaborate stool and holding a drinking bowl, a flower (or a fish skeleton?), and a piece of cloth. Before him stands his servant, a scrawny cat, who fans him while presenting a trussed fowl and a bolt of cloth.
A number of such scenes have survived showing animals acting as humans but with their natural roles reversed. They may have illustrated popular fables, or they may have been intended as satires on upper-class life in the Ramesside Period, when almost all were made.
Masculin Feminin, Jean-Luc Godard, 1966.