Cat Mummy Head

1978.291.410

About this object

Mummified head a cat. that has been unwrapped. Facial features very well preserved with patches of fur in places.This is from the auction held in Liverpool on 10th February 1890 when an estimated 180,000 mummified cats, weighing 19.5 tons, were sold for fertilizer with a few being purchased for the museum. These cats were from Speos Artemidos (modern day Istabl Antar) near the famous necropolis of Beni Hasan.

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 Animal Bio Bank Project.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Animal Remains
  • Culture
    Late Period, Ptolemaic or Romano-Egyptian
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Beni Hasan: Speos Artemidos
  • Date made
    664 BC - AD 200 about
  • Materials
    Animal Remains; Resin; Linen
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Messrs Leventon & Co., 1890
  • Collector
    Liverpool Museum
  • Place collected
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Merseyside: Liverpool
  • Date collected
    1890
  • Measurements
    68 mm x 100 mm
  • Note
    The object came into the collections in 1890 but was not accessioned until 1978. It was acquired in 1890 at the cat auction held in Liverpool on 10th February 1890 when an estimated 180,000 mummified cats, weighing 19.5 tons, were sold for fertilizer with a few being purchased for the museum. These cats were from Speos Artimidos (modern day Istabl Antar).
  • Related people
    Liverpool City Museum (Collector)
Object view = Humanities
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