Mummified Puppy card

Mummified Puppy

1973.4.155

On display

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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). Wellcome Historical Medical Museum accession no.15391; Ex Revd. William MacGregor Collection, purchased by Mr Stow for Sir Henry Wellcome at Sotheby’s 26 June – 3 July 1922, London, 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".