Along with many other animals, the ancient Egyptians looked on cats as personifications of deities. This object is a hollow wooden sculpture of a cat, associated with the goddess Bastet.
X-rays confirmed the suspected function of this sculpture as a coffin for a mummified cat, whose complete skeleton can be seen inside the wrappings.
It was uncertain exactly where this cat coffin originated from in Egypt, until a letter showed up in our archives confirmed by a photo showing the object at Saqqara – the largest sacred animal cemetery in Egypt.
Do you know any animals, perhaps a pet, that have died? What did you do with the body?