AN EGYPTIAN MUMMIFIED CAT, PROBABLY ROMAN PERIOD
with painted details and bound in linen, held in a 19th century glazed wood box
box: 13cm. high, 57m. wide, 15cm. deep; 5in., 1ft. 10½in., 6in.
Gallery inspection recommended. The case shows its age and the timber is of a dry apperance. The mummfied cat should not be treated as an object to augmet an academic collection but rather as a curio. It is in un-conserved condition and has not been inspected out of its case.
X-ray images available on request.
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Probably acquired for Robert Martin Berkeley (1823-1897) in the 19th century, possibly a gift from his brother-in-law Simon Scroope
For comparison see similar examples in the British Museum, London, which include those with the following museum numbers EA6753 and EA26847.