Mummy of a cat

Hellenistic Period (Ptolemaic Dynasty)
305–30 B.C.


Height: 50 cm (19 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen, faunal remains

On View

Egyptian Funerary Arts Gallery (Mummies) (Gallery 109)


The Ancient World


Organic remains

This large cat mummy has been prepared with its linen wrappings in an ornate geometric pattern consisting of pane of two-tone rectangles. The head is in somewhat worn condition, but otherwise the mummy in intact.


By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.
(Accession Date: December 16, 1992)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way