About this object

Hollow cast copper alloy head of a cat with inlaid eyes and pierced ears. The hair on the ears and round the mouth is delicately indicated. This is most likely to have been a mask from a cat mummy coffin. Described by Professor Percy Newberry as being of a "fine technique” and dating to Dynasty 22 or the Saite Period. One ear is chipped and the inlay of the eyes is missing.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Late Period (Saite)
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    664 BC - 332 BC
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Joseph Mayer
  • Collector
    Joseph Mayer
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    1867 before
  • Measurements
    60 mm x 50 mm x 55 mm
  • Related people
    Joseph Mayer ( Collector, previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Joseph Mayer

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1867
    Disposal method: Donation
Object view = Humanities
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