About this object

Hollow wooden figure of a seated cat manufactured to contain the mummified remains of a cat. The coffin is made from two halves is held together by mortise and tenon joints. Some mortise holes are now empty. Cracks in the coffin reveal there is a bandaged packet inside. X-rays taken on 13 October 2016 revealed that the coffin contains a number of small bones , which are probably some of the remains of a cat. Modern fabric ribbon has been tied around the waist to keep the coffin securely closed, and it has been mounted on a modern plinth. The front legs are missing and the carved facial features are now worn, with tips of the ears 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; Textile
  • 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
    236 mm x 61 mm x 86 mm; 9 5/16 in x 2 3/8 in x 3 3/8 in
  • Note
    Height includes modern plinth which is 31 mm in height.
    Ex Wellcome inv. no. 22937. W68/6.
    Little white sticker on the head with "30" typed on.
  • Related people
Object view = Humanities
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