Sarcophagus and Cat Mummy
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
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.
Limestone, animal remains, linen, pigment
305 B.C.E.-1st century C.E.
Ptolemaic Period to early Roman Period
37.1841Eb (Mummy): 18 1/2 × 5 × 3 1/2 in. (47 × 12.7 × 8.9 cm)
37.1841Ea (Coffin): 5 7/8 x 8 7/16 x 20 7/8 in. (15 x 21.5 x 53 cm)
37 lb. (16.78kg) (show scale)
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Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Sarcophagus and Cat Mummy, 305 B.C.E.-1st century C.E. Limestone, animal remains, linen, pigment, 37.1841Eb (Mummy): 18 1/2 × 5 × 3 1/2 in. (47 × 12.7 × 8.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1841Ea-b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum (Gavin Ashworth,er), 37.1841Ea-b_Gavin_Ashworth_photograph.jpg)
overall, 37.1841Ea-b_Gavin_Ashworth_photograph.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph (Gavin Ashworth, photographer), 2012
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Rectangular limestone coffin, missing lid, containing a mummified cat.
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