About this object

Mummified cats were given as gifts to goddesses who were associated with cats and lions, such as Bastet, Pakhet and Sekhmet. The body of this cat is wrapped in linen bandages of two colours, the outer bandages of which have now become loose. The face has been covered with one piece of linen which is painted with facial features and decoration in black and red. Two folds of linen give the impression of the cat’s ears. The mummy was bequeathed to the Museum in 1907 by Miss Margaret Eleanor Moss of Bebbington, Wirral.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Animal Remains
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    395 AD before
  • Materials
    Paint; Linen; Cat
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Bequest of Miss Margaret Eleanor Moss
  • Collector
    Margaret Eleanor Moss
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    1907 before
  • Measurements
    270 mm x 70 mm x 70 mm
  • Related people
    Margaret Eleanor Moss ( Collector, previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Margaret Eleanor Moss

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Not recorded
    Owned until: 1907
    Disposal method: Donation
Object view = Humanities
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