An Introduction to Ancient Egyptian Anim...
All of the items in this trail can be found in the "animals" case in the House of Death gallery, except for the final object, the jackal, who is located in the same gallery in the "gods" case. Animals played an important role in ancient Egypt as pets, doing jobs, and as a way of connecting with the gods.
Crocodiles lived on the banks of the River Nile in ancient times, and were definitely something to be wary of if you were washing your clothes in the (cont.)
Lions could be found living in the deserts, and a favourite hobby of pharoahs was a lion hunt! This example is the head of a lion from a piece of fur (cont.)
Cattle were a source of meat and milk, and so very important throughout ancient Egyptian history. Some bulls with special markings were thought to be (cont.)
Everyone knows the ancient Egyptians loved cats! Cats were kept as pets, and are sometimes shown on the walls of tombs underneath the chairs of their (cont.)
Baboons were associated with the god Thoth, as well as lots of other gods. Despite their fierce nature, baboons were also kept as pets, and there is e (cont.)
The ibis is a bird with a long thin beak, and like the baboon, were associated with the god Thoth. Millions of ibises were mummified as offerings to T (cont.)
Hawks or falcons were linked to the god Horus, and can still be seen soaring through the skies in Egypt today. This coffin in the shape of a hawk stil (cont.)
Roasted goose, cooked on a spit over a fire was a popular food in ancient Egypt (if you could afford it!). This little goose likely comes from a tomb (cont.)
Snakes, such as this cobra, can still be found in Egypt today. Spells are known to keep away snakes, and to treat snake bites. Cobras are sometimes sh (cont.)
Frogs were common in ancient Egypt. The tadpole was used to represent the number 100,000 - probably because tadpoles appear in such large amounts! Thi (cont.)
Fish was a very common food in ancient Egypt, because it would be easily available thanks to the River Nile. Many different kinds of fish lived in the (cont.)
Scarab beetles were connected to the god Khepri who pushed the sun across the sky, in the same way a dung beetle pushes a ball of poo! Scarabs are oft (cont.)