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Accession_Number 59.2.7
adlib_title mummified head of a cat in a glass jar
Shape Mummy
Shape_description Mummified head of a cat in a glass jar. Nearly cylindrical jar, tapering to base; wide mouth with straight sides.
Material Glass; cork; newspaper; textile; animal
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Condition All that remains of the mummified cat is the head and neck, from which most wrappings have been removed. The head is in a good state of preservation, showing whiskers & teeth. Enclosed note written in pencil on the back of a printed piece of paper is also well preserved and legible. Cork stopper, seemingly original to the 1890s acquisition of the head, is covered in newspaper which is also well preserved and legible.
Technique/Style Glass jar shows bubbles in the lower part and other signs of Victorian glass manufacture.
Provenance Enclosed note in pencil reads "Head of cat mummy ex cargo arrived from Egypt to Liverpool in the year ... see article in all year Round?" A later note, in black ink, encircled, perhaps written by Annie Ure, reads "Probably about 1890 imported for making artificial fertiliser H.B. 5.12.58." This note seemingly refers to Professor Henry Bassett, University of Reading Professor of Chemistry 1912-1946 and Dean of the Faculty of Science 1926-1930, who donated this and other Egyptian artefacts, some of dubious antiquity, in 1958.
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Side view of a mummified head of a cat in a glass jar.
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View of back, showing label, of mummified head of cat in glass jar.
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Vew of back, showing label, of mummified head of cat in a glass jar.
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View of side/back showing label and part of a mummified head of a cat in a glass jar.
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View of back/side, showing label, and part of a mummified head of a cat in a glass jar.
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Side view of a mummified head of a cat in a glass jar.
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Side view of a mummified head of a cat in a glass jar.
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Side view of a mummified head of a cat in a glass jar.
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View of side/front of a mummified head of a cat in a glass jar.
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View of side/front of a mummified head of a cat in a glass jar.
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Frontal view of a mummified head of a cat in a glass jar.
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Frontal view of a mummified head of a cat in a glass jar.
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View of side/front of a mummified head of a cat in a glass jar.
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View of side/front of a mummified head of a cat in a glass jar.
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View of cork lid of a mummified head of a cat, on it's side.
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Bottom view of mummified head of a cat in a glass jar, on it's side.
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Side view of label of a mummified head of a cat in a glass jar.
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Side view of label of a mummified head of a cat in a glass jar.
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Close up side view of a mummified head of a cat in a glass jar.
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Side view of a mummified head of a cat in a glass jar.
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Comparanda http://www.knhcentre.manchester.ac.uk/research/animalbiobank/
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Height Jar: 15.5
Diameters Jar: max. (shoulder) 9.2; base 8.4; shoulder 9.2; mouth 7.4
Handle_height
Other_dims. H. mouth 2.2
Location Death
Edited_by Amy; Kinsey; Amy & Jayne; Jayne; Jayne; Joana Varela
Date_edited 01.07.2004; 06.01.2006; 29.07.2015; 10.2015; 13.03.2017; 24.04.2017
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