About this object

Hollow wooden figure of a seated cat manufactured to contain the mummified remains of a cat. Plinth missing, exposing a linen bandaged bundle inside. The wooden surface is now deteriorated, with both ears missing and nearly all of the original gesso and paint decoration missing.

Acquired at Christie's 19 April 1933.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Animal Remains
  • Culture
    Ptolemaic - Romano-Egyptian
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    332 BC after
  • Materials
    Wood ; Linen
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Trustees of the Wellcome Collection
  • Collector
    Henry S Wellcome
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    1933 before
  • Measurements
    165 mm x 59 mm x 80 mm
  • Note
    There were two paper auction labels round the neck "19/6" and "75" on the reverse of one. X-rayed on 13 October 2016.
  • Related people
    Wellcome Historical Medical Museum ( Previous owner); Henry Solomon Wellcome ( Collector, previous owner)


Previous owners

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