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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 Animal remains, linen, pigment
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES 750-400 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 22 to Dynasty 27
    PERIOD Third Intermediate Period or later
    DIMENSIONS 5 1/2 × 3 3/4 × 24 1/2 in. (14 × 9.5 × 62.2 cm)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Cat Mummy, 750-400 B.C.E. Animal remains, linen, pigment, 5 1/2 × 3 3/4 × 24 1/2 in. (14 × 9.5 × 62.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1988E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.1988E_SL1.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 37.1988E_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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