About this object

Hollow wooden figure of a seated cat manufactured to contain the mummified remains of a cat. Plinth missing, exposing a linen bandaged bundle inside. The wooden surface is now deteriorated, with both ears missing and nearly all of the original gesso and paint decoration missing.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Animal Remains
  • Culture
    Ptolemaic - Romano-Egyptian
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    332 BC after
  • Materials
    Wood
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Trustees of the Wellcome Collection
  • Collector
    Henry S Wellcome
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    20th Century early
  • Measurements
    165 mm x 59 mm x 80 mm; 6 1/2 in x 2 5/16 in x 3 1/8 in
  • Note
    There were two paper auction labels round the neck "19/6" and "75" on the reverse of one.
    X-rayed on 13 October 2016.
  • Related people
Object view = Humanities
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