Cat Mummy

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Mummified cats were given as gifts to goddesses who were associated with cats and lions, such as Bastet, Pakhet and Sekhmet. This mummy is wrapped in bandages of two colours and the head has been painted with facial features and decoration. The mummy was purchased from Norwich Castle Museum in 1956. It was previously in the collection of Sir Peter Eade . 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 (ref. no. AEABB640). This is an extract from the report written by Lidija McKnight and Stephanie Woolham: “X-rays show a complete cat skeleton; however, the CT scan reveals extensive compression of the body indicated by the limbs being superimposed rather than side by side. There is a dense pad on top of the skull, used to create height for the modelled face. The skull has experienced some post-desiccation damage. The femoral heads appear to have become dislocated form the pelvis, presumably during the mummification process, when the body was being manipulated into position. The head lies at an unnatural angle due to some misalignment in the cervical spine, again likely caused when the body was manipulated.”