About this object

Cat mummy with cylindrical body and naturalistic head. The arrangement of the bandages, in geometrical patterns using interlaced dyed strips of material, follows a style which is common in the Ptolemaic and Romano-Egyptian periods and suggests the mummy could be from about the 1st century AD.

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. AEABB733). Scans showed the complete and articulated remains of a cat positioned in the classic ‘skittle’ position with the tail folded up between the legs. Pinched squares of linen have been used to create the false ears which are highly resonated and appear to have a bone-like density on the reformats. There is dried brain matter at the rear of the cranium. Pads of linen have been used to create the muzzle, ears and cheeks of the modelled head.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Animal Remains
  • Culture
    Late Period; Ptolemaic; Roman Period
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    664 BC - AD 200 about
  • Materials
    Animal; Textile
  • Location
    Museum of Liverpool, Ground Floor, The Great Port
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Royal Institution, Liverpool
  • Collector
    Liverpool Royal Institution
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    1894 before
  • Measurements
    430 mm x 85 mm x 110 mm
  • Note
    On display within the The Great Port gallery at the Museum of Liverpool (Pier Head).
  • Related people
    Liverpool Royal Institution ( Collector, previous owner)

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  • Gifts for the Gods: Animal Mummies Revealed

    Start date: 2015-10-08
    End date: 2015-10-08
    Description: This fascinating exhibition explores ancient Egyptian animal mummies, prepared in their millions as votive offerings to the gods. Discover the background behind this religious practice in the context of life in ancient Egypt and the environment in which the animals lived. Featuring mummified specimens such as jackals, crocodiles, cats and birds, the exhibition will also include a recreation of a subterranean animal catacomb, creating an immersive and atmospheric experience. Using animal mummies from a variety of UK collections, the exhibition will also look at the use of science, such as CT imaging, to learn more about the subject. World Museum has worked on this exhibition in partnership with Manchester Museum, Glasgow Museums and The University of Manchester. The touring exhibition will be hosted at three cities - Manchester: 8 October 2015 2016 - 17 April 2016 Glasgow: May 2016 - June 2016 Liverpool:14 October 2016 - 26 February 2017


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