About this object

Mummified cats were given as gifts to goddesses who were associated with cats and lions, such as Bastet, Pakhet and Sekhmet. The body of this cat is wrapped in linen bandages of two colours, the outer bandages of which have now become loose. The face has been covered with one piece of linen which is painted with facial features and decoration in black and red. Two folds of linen give the impression of the cat’s ears.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Animal Remains
  • Culture
    Roman Period
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    395 AD before
  • Materials
    Paint; Linen; Cat
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Donated by Gloucester City Museum and Art Gallery, 1968
  • Collector
    Watkins Lewis
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    1938 before
  • Measurements
    270 mm x 70 mm x 70 mm
  • Related people
    Gloucester City Museum ( Previous owner); Watkins Lewis ( Collector, previous owner)
  • Related documents/media


Previous owners

  • Gloucester City Museum

    Owned from: 1938
    How acquired: Donation
    Owned until: 1968
    Disposal method: Donation
  • Watkins Lewis

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Not recorded
    Owned until: 1938
    Disposal method: Donation
Object view = Humanities
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