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Cat Mummy

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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.
Date Description Narrative
3/22/1984Examinationexamined 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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3rd-2nd century BC (Greco-Roman)
(Mummies & Cartonnage)
Accession Number
7 5/8 in. (19.3 cm)
  • Egypt (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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