Cats in the museum!
Are you a cat lover or a dog lover?
Well, for those who consider themselves cat lovers, a visit to the Egyptian case in the Abbey Museum is always a must-do!
There, taking pride of place, is a beautiful painted wooden statue of a cat. Why? you might ask. Is the Museum’s senior curator himself a cat lover?? Without prejudice I must declare he loves all creatures great and small, equally.
Our little Egyptian cat, sitting on its own pedestal, declares the importance of cats in ancient Egypt. They were highly regarded not only as pets but also as hunting animals. Wall paintings often show hunting cats, even out in boats.
Cat and mouse mummies!
Cats were considered of such importance that they warranted mummification to ensure their smooth passing into the afterlife. And as the ancient Egyptians ensured that their human dead had everything they needed for a comfortable afterlife — as can been seen from the grave goods often excavated in Egyptian tombs — so they ensured that their precious cats never went hungry …