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Mummy Case for a Cat

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Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

Thousands of Egyptian cats were embalmed and presented as offerings to the goddesses Bastet and Pakhet. The mummies were often placed in costly, cat-shaped mummy cases like this one. The Egyptians believed that the “souls” of the goddesses took up residence in the desiccated animals. It was, accordingly, a good deed to offer a cat mummy to the goddesses.

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