Mummified head of a cat



Accession Number
AB77a
Current Location
House of Life (first floor), Votive offerings case
Object Type
Organic remains, Mammal, Mammal mummy, Cat mummy
Period
Graeco-Roman Period
Dynasty
Ptolemaic Period
Material
Mummified remains (Animal remains)
Number of Elements
1
Animal
Cat

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Description

A mummified cat head with its features drawn onto the bandages and false ears constructed. It is likely dating to the Graeco-Roman Period. It was a gift from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. The accompanying label states that it was presented to Aberystwyth by J. Bryan of Cairo. In the Graeco-Roman Period, cats were mummified and presented to the goddess Bastet, whose cult centre was at Bubastis. This object was Micro-CT scanned by Richard Johnston of the Engineering Department of Swansea University in 2014. It was found to contain a cat with a cracked skull. The object was featured on 11 May 2015 on BBC 2 Horizon Programme '70 million animal mummies: Egypt's dark secret'. See also AB77b, the body to which it belongs.

Bibliography

Anonymous. 1996. The face of Egypt: Swansea Festival exhibition: 5 October 1996–5 January 1997. Swansea: Glynn Vivian Art Gallery. [Cat. 79] Johnston, Richard, Richard Thomas, Rhys Jones, Carolyn Graves-Brown, Wendy Goodridge, and Laura North 2020. Evidence of diet, deification, and death within ancient Egyptian mummified animals. Scientific Reports 10 (article no. 14113).