Mummified Snakes



Mummified snakes within a linen bundle. Initially catalogued by Joseph Mayer in 1852 as "Birds, sacred, embalmed or mummfied - the ibis, hawk, goose etc" (Mayer 1852, 14). After Mayer donated his collection to this museum in 1867 it was catalogued by curator Charles Gatty as ""Mummied ...probably a bird of some kind". In 1910 the collection was catalogued by the Egyptologist Professor Percy Newberry and he changed the description to a "Mummified cat wrapped in linen bands". In October 2016 it was identified using radiographs as a group of mummified snakes. CONDITION NOTE 1998: Fragmenting slightly loose bindings, discolouration, surface dirt.