About this object

Mummified head a cat. that has been unwrapped. Facial features very well preserved with patches of fur in places.This is from the auction held in Liverpool on 10th February 1890 when an estimated 180,000 mummified cats, weighing 19.5 tons, were sold for fertilizer with a few being purchased for the museum. These cats were from Speos Artemidos (modern day Istabl Antar) near the famous necropolis of Beni Hasan.

The mummy was X-rayed and CT imaged at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital on 19th April 2016 as part of the University of Manchester’s Animal Bio Bank Project.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Animal Remains
  • Culture
    Late Period, Ptolemaic or Romano-Egyptian
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Beni Hasan: Speos Artemidos
  • Date made
    664 BC - AD 200 about
  • Materials
    Animal Remains; Resin; Linen
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Messrs Leventon & Co., 1890
  • Collector
    Liverpool Museum
  • Place collected
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Merseyside: Liverpool
  • Date collected
    1890
  • Measurements
    68 mm x 100 mm
  • Note
    The object came into the collections in 1890 but was not accessioned until 1978. It was acquired in 1890 at the cat auction held in Liverpool on 10th February 1890 when an estimated 180,000 mummified cats, weighing 19.5 tons, were sold for fertilizer with a few being purchased for the museum. These cats were from Speos Artimidos (modern day Istabl Antar).
  • Related people
    Liverpool City Museum (Collector)

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Events

  • Gifts for the Gods: Animal Mummies Revealed

    Start date: 2015-10-08
    End date: 2015-10-08
    Description: This fascinating exhibition explores ancient Egyptian animal mummies, prepared in their millions as votive offerings to the gods. Discover the background behind this religious practice in the context of life in ancient Egypt and the environment in which the animals lived. Featuring mummified specimens such as jackals, crocodiles, cats and birds, the exhibition will also include a recreation of a subterranean animal catacomb, creating an immersive and atmospheric experience. Using animal mummies from a variety of UK collections, the exhibition will also look at the use of science, such as CT imaging, to learn more about the subject. World Museum has worked on this exhibition in partnership with Manchester Museum, Glasgow Museums and The University of Manchester. The touring exhibition will be hosted at three cities - Manchester: 8 October 2015 2016 - 17 April 2016 Glasgow: May 2016 - June 2016 Liverpool:14 October 2016 - 26 February 2017

Object view = Humanities
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