Description Priests oversaw the rituals, mummifications, funerals, and burials of sacred temple animals. By the mid-1st millennium BC, people were encouraged to pay for the mummification as a sacred offering to the related deity. A cat mummy would be offered to a feline deity, such as Bastet. This was a lucrative business, and "false" mummies were sometimes created to meet the demand. Actually, this is one of those: X-rays show that there is nothing inside the wrappings.
|3/22/1984||Examination||examined for loan|
Provenance Mrs. Frances Eaton Weld [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Heirs of Mrs. Frances Eaton Weld; Walters Art Museum, 1947, by gift.
Credit Gift of the heirs of Mrs. Frances Eaton Weld, 1947
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