Egyptian mummified cat

Egyptian mummified cat

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Credit: NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, LONDON/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Egyptian mummified cat. Animals were mummified in Ancient Egypt for thousands of years, either to allow a favoured pet to follow its owner into the afterlife, or as an act of worship to a god with an animal cult. Cat mummy offerings would have been intended for the goddess Bastet (also known as Bast). Mummification involved removing the internal organs, drying out the body, embalming, and wrapping in layers of linen. This specimen is part of a collection held at the Natural History Museum, London, UK.

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