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Egyptian mummified cat

Many cats were mummified in the city of Bubastis, the centre of worship of the cat goddess, and then buried in special cat cemeteries.


This mummified cat, whose face can still be seen, would have had its insides removed and filled with earth or sand before being wrapped in bandages soaked in natron (salt) or resin. The cat’s front legs were laid by its side, and its back legs tucked up against its tummy. Bandages have been removed from the cat’s nose and mouth, but you can still see its sharp teeth, fur and whiskers.During Victorian times some 300,000 mummified cats were shipped to Liverpool for use as fertilizer!

The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge

The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge,
18 High Street,
Kent CT1 2RA


Curriculum Links

  • KS2: Ancient Egyptians, Properties of Materials, Artists, Architects and Designers in History
  • KS3: Ancient Egyptians, History of Art, Craft and Design, Materials and Components


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