Mummified cat - 910.169.7_1


Mummified cat

Medium:Animal remains; linen; red and black ink;
Geography: Undetermined site, Egypt
Date: c. 332 BC - 200 AD
Period: Ptolemaic to Roman
41 x 7 x 11 cm
Object number: 910.169.7
On view
Gallery Location:CIBC Discovery Gallery
DescriptionThe Ancient Egyptians mummified millions of animals and birds, but, perhaps because the reason behind this practice was so obvious to them, they never wrote down why they did it. Though some pets were mummified, most animal mummies were animals raised in temple precincts for eventual sacrifice and mummification. Specially chosen animals were the avatars of gods, such as the sacred hawk at Edfu or the Apis bull at Memphis. Most animals, however, may have been seen rather as heralds who entered the Afterlife grateful to the sponsor who paid for their care and feeding and embalming. They were very often given as Votive Offerings. Cats were offered to the goddess Bastet and possibly to Hathor as well. Cats were beloved and honoured for their motherliness, skill as hunters of vermin, and beauty. This cat was probably raised to be an offering to the goddess Bastet and mummified so that it could pass into the Next Life.
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