About this object

Perhaps the most iconic animal associated with ancient Egypt today, cats were regarded as forms of the goddess Bastet, a protective mother.

Radiographs reveal an adult cat with a ‘hump back’ appearance created by the scapulae (shoulder blades) being drawn back and upwards. A plaster-like substance has been applied around the cervical spine, supporting the neck which appears to have been fractured. For the first time the mummy was X-rayed and CT imaged at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital on 9th April 2015 as part of the University of Manchester’s Animal Bio Bank Project (object ref. no. AEABB742).

Object specifics

  • Type
    Animal Remains
  • Culture
    Late Period; Ptolemaic; Roman Period
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Thebes
  • Date made
    664 BC - AD 200 about
  • Materials
    Body-Part Animal; Wood; Textile
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the collections of Norwich Castle Museum, 1956
  • Collector
    Reginald William Proctor-Beauchamp
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Thebes
  • Date collected
    1881
  • Measurements
    95 mm x 140 mm x 450 mm
  • Note
    In error this has been referred to 42.18.2 in Conservation paperwork and has been on display in the Weston Discovery Centre under this number.
    Ex collection of Sir Reginald William Proctor-Beauchamp of Langley Park, Norfolk.
  • Related people
    Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery (Previous owner); Reginald William Proctor-Beauchamp (Collector, previous owner)

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Publications

  • The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things

    Mark Leckey

    Author: Mark Leckey
    Publisher: Hayward Publishing
    Date: 2013
    Description:

Events

  • The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things

    Start date: 2013-02-16
    End date: 2013-02-16
    Description: The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things was an exhibition curated by Mark Leckey and organised by Hayward Touring, Southbank Centre. It was held at three venues: The Bluecoat, Liverpool: 16 February - 14 April 2013. Nottingham Contemporary: 27 April - 30 June 2013. De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill: 13 July - 20 October 2013.

  • 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

Ownership

Previous owners

Object view = Humanities
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