Mummy Of "Kitten"

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Specimen Count
1
From card: "Wrapped in linen."
From NMNH Exhibit Hall "Eternal Life in Ancient Egypt" label for this artifact, 2011: Mummified "cat", 332-30 B.C. The Egyptian pilgrim who purchased this cat mummy may not have known it holds no remains. Empty animal mummies were not uncommon. It is possible that priests conducted a ritual to transform empty mummies into proper offerings, then sold them at a bargain price.
Record Last Modified
2 Dec 2015
Topic
Archaeology
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
Donor Name
Mrs. Mab B. Nilon
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Place
Egypt, Africa
Accession Date
1940-May-13
Object Type
Animal Mummy
Accession Number
156306
USNM Number
A381572-0
Culture
Ancient Egyptian