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Kitten Coffin

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

This coffin, dated by carbon 14 testing of the linen wrappings found within it, is among the oldest of the animal mummies on view in this exhibition. The figurines of kittens, together with the animal mummies inside the coffin, form a bridge between votive figurines and votive animal mummies. Both kinds of objects were intended for the same purpose, to send a request to a god. But votive animal mummies were an innovation at the time this object was made.
MEDIUM Bronze, animal remains, linen
DATES 850-540 B.C.E.
PERIOD Third Intermediate Period to Late Period
DIMENSIONS 3 1/8 x 2 3/8 x 6 1/4 in. (8 x 6 x 15.8 cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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CAPTION Kitten Coffin, 850-540 B.C.E. Bronze, animal remains, linen, 3 1/8 x 2 3/8 x 6 1/4 in. (8 x 6 x 15.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.369Ea-b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum (Gavin Ashworth,er), 37.369Ea_Gavin_Ashworth_photograph.jpg)
IMAGE component, 37.369Ea_Gavin_Ashworth_photograph.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph (Gavin Ashworth, photographer), 2012
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