This object was assumed to be a mummified cat with its wrappings in a crossed design. The head is in pieces. A 3-D scan carried out by Richard Johnston of the engineering department of Swansea University suggests that this object was actually a bundle of sticks. The practice of mummification and internment of animals in large cemeteries began in the first millennium BCE, but was particularly popular in the Ptolemaic Period. It was not uncommon for sticks to be 'dressed-up' as mummified remains in antiquity. Indeed, it seems it was often the outward appearance of the item which was the most important. The cartonnage mask for this cat appears to be W529
- Auction Details
- A ditto mummified cat, and a mummified hand.
- Previous Owner
- Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome (1853–1936)
- Last modified: 01 Dec 2021