Cat Mummy Inside a Coffin Trough

56.21.547

About this object

Perhaps the most iconic animal associated with ancient Egypt today, cats were regarded as forms of the goddess Bastet, a protective mother.

Radiographs reveal an adult cat with a ‘hump back’ appearance created by the scapulae (shoulder blades) being drawn back and upwards. A plaster-like substance has been applied around the cervical spine, supporting the neck which appears to have been fractured. For the first time the mummy was X-rayed and CT imaged at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital on 9th April 2015 as part of the University of Manchester’s Animal Bio Bank Project (object ref. no. AEABB742).

Object specifics

  • Type
    Animal Remains
  • Culture
    Late Period; Ptolemaic; Roman Period
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Thebes
  • Date made
    664 BC - AD 200 about
  • Materials
    Body-Part Animal; Wood; Textile
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the collections of Norwich Castle Museum, 1956
  • Collector
    Reginald William Proctor-Beauchamp
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Thebes
  • Date collected
    1881
  • Measurements
    95 mm x 140 mm x 450 mm
  • Note
    In error this has been referred to 42.18.2 in Conservation paperwork and has been on display in the Weston Discovery Centre under this number.
    Ex collection of Sir Reginald William Proctor-Beauchamp of Langley Park, Norfolk.
  • Related people
    Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery (Previous owner); Reginald William Proctor-Beauchamp (Collector, previous owner)

Ownership

Previous owners

Object view = Humanities
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