NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, LONDON / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, LONDON / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Egyptian mummified calf. 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. Calf mummy offerings would have been intended for the goddess Hathor. 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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