Cat mummy with cylindrical body and naturalistic head. The animal's body has been wrapped in a single sheet of medium-fine linen (warp-faced tabby, about 13 x 32 threads/cm2), which has been folded in around the caudal end and shows a rough rolled and whipped seam along the ventral side. It has now been wrapped in an extra layer of fine gauze applied during a recent restoration. The original sheet ends with a torn edge around the neck. The head has been modelled to shape, using a stiff roll of linen for the nose and several loose wads for the muzzle, jaws, and sides of the face. Two triangular protrusions suggest the ears. All these elements are held together and fixed to the neckline by rough stitches and concentric windings of yarn.
Afmetingen19 x 3,6 x 4,5 cm
PeriodeRomeinse tijd 30-395 AD
LiteratuurLeemans, Description raisonnée (1840) N 6
Boeser, Catalogus (1907) E.XLV.32
M.J. Raven/W.K. Taconis, Egyptian mummies (Turnhout 2005), nr. 69
E.J. Holwerda, Dierenmummies (Leiden, 2008), 48
C. Greco, Mòmies Egípcies, El Secret de la Vida Eterna (2012) 198, 198 cat. 214