mummy of a kitten

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


Height: 23.5 cm (9 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen, faunal remains

Not On View


The Ancient World


Organic remains

This mummified kitten is wrapped in linen bandages arranged in a geometrical pattern front side consisting rectangular panes. Remains of one applied linen eye are evident, while linen drawn up at top represents ears. A stitch has been added to represent a mouth. The ears and chin are badly tattered. Otherwise the mummy is in stable, intact 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