Cat Mummy

By
Jennifer Torres
Jennifer Torres is the Collections Technician of the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum. Her primary duties include the rehousing and photography of the museum’s collection. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Florida, where she received her B.A. in Anthropology and Classical Studies in 2013. In 2015, she received her M.A. in Museum Studies with a concentration in Collections Management from the George Washington University.

There are some artifacts in the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum that are frequently requested for teaching purposes by Hopkins faculty. One such example is this Egyptian cat mummy. Although well-preserved, the delicate nature of this artifact poses unique challenges when it becomes necessary to move it from storage to the classroom. A new mount that stabilizes the cat mummy in storage and also allows visual and physical accessibility was very much needed. This new mount and box, as seen below, safely secures the cat mummy but also makes it easy to untie and remove the artifact from the mount if necessary. 

Many animals were mummified in ancient Egypt in the same way that humans were. Mummified animals were given as offerings to the gods. The cat mummy shown here had been wrapped in linen in a spiral pattern and painted with decorations on the face.