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Wrapped Creatures: Animal Mummies from Egypt
Coffin for a Pair of Kittens
Ptolemaic period, 323–30 B.C.E.
In ancient Egyptian religion, animals were associated with particular divinities, and by about 500 B.C.E. mummified animals had become part of religious ritual. A small exhibit of animal mummies included the mummy of a hawk, lent by MU's Museum of Anthropology, a cat mummy, the mummy of a baby crocodile, the mummy and coffin of a shrew, and two small bronze coffins, one for a snake, the other for two lizards, all a loan from the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. A bronze coffin for a pair of kittens, an anonymous loan, was also part of the exhibit.
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