mummy of a dog

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


Height: 22.5 cm (8 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen, faunal remains

Not On View


The Ancient World


Organic remains

This dog mummy with has been prepared with elaborate wrappings at front and sides forming rectangular patterns of light and dark linen . One linen ear and eye remain. Remnants of dark paint appear on the head, and there is a painted, striped wig at the back of neck. The ears are somewhat worn. Otherwise the mummy is intact, stable condition.


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