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Cat Mummy in Cartonnage

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

This large cat mummy was buried much like a human in a cartonnage (a painted plaster coffin). The inscription calls the cat “the Osiris Pa-miu,” using the same title a human would receive as it merges with the god after its death. The mummy itself is wrapped in an elaborate diamond-shaped pattern, as can be seen in the CT scan.

This cat’s unusual size suggests it is either a wild desert cat (Felis chaus) or perhaps a mix of wild cat and domestic breeds.
MEDIUM Cartonnage, animal remains (Felis sylvestris, Felis libyca, or Felis chaus), linen, pigment
DATES ca. 760-390 B.C.E.
DYNASTY Dynasty 25 to Dynasty 28
PERIOD Third Intermediate Period to Late Period
DIMENSIONS 9 1/2 x 6 x 35 in. (24.1 x 15.2 x 88.9 cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 37.1991Ea-c
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Cat Mummy in Cartonnage, ca. 760-390 B.C.E. Cartonnage, animal remains (Felis sylvestris, Felis libyca, or Felis chaus), linen, pigment, 9 1/2 x 6 x 35 in. (24.1 x 15.2 x 88.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1991Ea-c. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum (Gavin Ashworth,er), 37.1991Ea_37.1991Eb-c_Gavin_Ashworth_photograph.jpg)
IMAGE component, 37.1991Ea_37.1991Eb-c_Gavin_Ashworth_photograph.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph (Gavin Ashworth, photographer), 2012
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