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By the New Kingdom in Egypt, the wealthy deceased were guided in death by the Book of the Dead. Tombs and funerary objects were inscribed with passages to aid their journey through the underworld. There, they underwent several tests of the soul. If they passed, their souls merged with a major god such as Osiris or Ra. Only then could they safely pass through the cycle of life and death.To further encourage deification, clergy members merged the names of pharaohs with gods. The same has been done for this large wildcat, buried in a cartonnage. The Egyptian word for cat is "miu" which translates to "he or she who mews." Part of the inscription on the cartonnage reads "Osiris Pa-miu" indicating deification was not solely for humans.

Brooklyn Museum Object Description

Mummified cat (c), the body and face covered with painted cartonnage (a-top; b-bottom), with a column of inscription "words spoken by the Osiris, the cat nfrHr. May he give gladness (?)..." Probably of the species Felus Chaus. The cat mummy is wrapped overall with a final cross lashing of thin strips of linen. The cat has an elaborate linen cartonnage, which consists of at least 8 layers of linen. The cartonnage is gesso covered and painted in red, blue, black and yellow. The cartonnage depicts a cat face in profile with a red body. The cat is wearing a blue and white striped headdress with a blue, red and white striped collar. On the red body are painted three columns ...

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