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Mummified Cat

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Description Since the Late Period the Egyptians gave animal mummies as gifts to the gods. These animals were bred near the temples. The largest amount of cat mummies was gifted to the goddess Bastet at her ritual center, Bubastis, in the eastern Delta of Egypt. Some cat mummies were exported to Europe in the 19th century for use as fertilizer. This cat mummy was carefully wrapped in linen strips. The x-ray of the mummy shows its neck intact, with the forelegs pressed down against the body and hind legs folded together.
Date Description Narrative
3/22/1984Examinationexamined for loan
Provenance Estate of Mrs. Frances Eaton Weld [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1947, by gift.
Credit Gift of the heirs of Mrs. Frances Eaton Weld, 1947

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4th-3rd century BCE (Late Period-Ptolemaic)
mummified cat wrapped in linen
(Mummies & Cartonnage)
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12 5/8 x 2 5/8 x 3 3/8 in. (32.07 x 6.67 x 8.57 cm)


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