About this object

Mummified crocodile mummy with linen wrappings layered in a geometical pattern, with glass inlays for the eyes. Originally thought to be a mummified fish wrapped in the form of a crocodile. Dated in the register book at being 22nd Dynasty but is more likely to be from the Ptolemaic Period or early Roman Period.

Textile bindings fragile and flaking with large area of damage at the tail end with possibly old infestation. Textile is discoloured with surface dirt. Number painted in white on the bottom. Conserved in 2016 for display.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Animal Remains
  • Culture
    Late Period - Romano-Egyptian
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Esna
  • Date made
    395 AD before
  • Materials
    Animal Part; Textile; Glass
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Presented by the General Committee of the Institute of Archaeology, Liverpool
  • Collector
    Liverpool University Institute of Archaeology
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Esna
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    60 mm x 90 mm x 670 mm
  • Related people
    Liverpool University Institute of Archaeology ( Collector, previous owner)

Explore related


  • The Excavations at Esna 1905 - 1906

    Downes, Dorothy

    Author: Downes, Dorothy
    Publisher: Aris and Phillips Ltd
    Date: 1974
    Description: Publication of Professor John Garstang's excavations at Esna based on archives kept in the Garstang Museum of Archaeology, the University of Liverpool. The book is based on a University of Liverpool Ph.D. manuscript by Dr Dorothy Downes who was a former Keeper of Archaeology at Liverpool Museum. The publication brings together Garstang's unpublished photographs, notebooks and individual tomb record cards made by his assistant, Mr Harold Jones. The book includes many objects from both Liverpool collections (World Museum and the Garstang Museum of Archaeology).

  • Unearthing mummified cats, fish and "monkeys" John Garstang's excavations in the Nile Valley' in Lidija McKnight and Stephanie Atherton-Woolham (editors) 'Gifts for the Gods: Ancient Egyptian Animal Mummies and the British'

    Garnett, Anna

    Author: Garnett, Anna
    Publisher: Liverpool University Press
    Date: 2015


Previous owners

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