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Cat Coffin with Mummy

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

This roughly made wooden coffin for a cat mummy shows that felines were prized at all social levels in ancient Egypt. Cats were buried in human cemeteries in the Predynastic Period (4400 to 3000 B.C.E.), suggesting that they were domesticated from very early times.
MEDIUM Wood, animal remains, linen
DATES 305–30 B.C.E.
PERIOD Ptolemaic Period
DIMENSIONS 3 5/8 x 3 x 6 3/4 in. (9.2 x 7.6 x 17.1 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Cat Coffin with Mummy, 305–30 B.C.E. Wood, animal remains, linen, 3 5/8 x 3 x 6 3/4 in. (9.2 x 7.6 x 17.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1363E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum (Gavin Ashworth,er), 37.1363E_Gavin_Ashworth_photograph.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 37.1363E_Gavin_Ashworth_photograph.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph (Gavin Ashworth, photographer), 2012
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