Sarcophagus and Cat Mummy
Mummies of animals, the most numerous type of artifact from ancient Egypt, number in the millions. The animals mummified represented a god or goddess, such as the cat belonging to the goddess Bastet or the ibis belonging to the god Thoth. Some animal mummies contained a papyrus with a request to the god written on it. Animals were mummified using the same techniques as with humans.
- Medium: Limestone, animal remains, linen
- Place Made: Egypt
- Dates: 305 B.C.E.-1st century C.E.
- Period: Ptolemaic Period to early Roman Period
- Dimensions: Box: 5 3/4 x 20 3/4 x 8 1/2 in. (14.6 x 52.7 x 21.6 cm) Mummy: 4 1/4 x 17 1/2 in. (10.8 x 44.5 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 37.1841Ea-b
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Sarcophagus and Cat Mummy, 305 B.C.E.-1st century C.E. Limestone, animal remains, linen, Box: 5 3/4 x 20 3/4 x 8 1/2 in. (14.6 x 52.7 x 21.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1841Ea-b. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Best (83%)