Jackal Mummy

1973.4.155

About this object

Animals reared for sacrifice had short lives. Using medical technology we know there is show a new-born canine inside this very small mummy bundle. 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 Ancient Egypt Animal Bio Bank Project. Here is their report: "X-ray shows that the bundle is filled with the skeleton of a juvenile dog with slight elongation of the bundle at the base. CT shows that the remains are largely complete and articulated; however, the small size of the animal and the highly compressed nature of the bundle makes it difficult to be certain of this. The wrappings are thin around the head and the false ears are clearly visible. CT of the base of the bundle shows a dense area which is probably resin-soaked linen which has been used to elongate the bundle" (L. McKnight and S. Woolham, 2016).

Object specifics

  • Type
    Animal Remains
  • Culture
    Late Period; Ptolemaic; Roman Period
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    664 BC - AD 200 about
  • Materials
    Animal; Textile
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Trustees of the Wellcome Collection
  • Collector
    Henry S Wellcome
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    1922 before
  • Measurements
    185 mm x 50 mm
  • Note
    Ex Revd. William MacGregor Collection, purchased by Stow for Wellcome. Catalogue of the MacGregor Collection of Egyptian Antiquities (Sotheby’s 26 June – 3 July 1922), p. 82, lot 640: "Five mummied Animals, comprising a Hawk, a young Jackal, and three snakes in bandages; also three bones from mummified animals, a bronze Probe, and three bronze Needles",
  • Related people
    William MacGregor (Associated Person, collector, previous owner); Wellcome Historical Medical Museum (Previous owner); Henry Solomon Wellcome (Collector)

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Wellcome Historical Medical Museum

    Owned from: 1922-06-26
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1971
    Disposal method: Donation
  • William MacGregor

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1922-06-26
    Disposal method: Sold
Object view = Humanities
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