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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.
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 37.1841Eb (Mummy): 18 1/2 x 1 15/16 x 3 1/2 in. (47 x 5 x 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)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 37.1841Ea-b
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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    CAPTION Sarcophagus and Cat Mummy, 305 B.C.E.-1st century C.E. Limestone, animal remains, linen, 37.1841Eb (Mummy): 18 1/2 x 1 15/16 x 3 1/2 in. (47 x 5 x 8.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1841Ea-b. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE installation, West Wing gallery A-2 installation, CUR.37.1841Ea-b_wwgA-2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2005
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