The Cat's Tomb

Posted: May 24, 2013 - 13:30 , by Rae Ostman
Image of cat's eyes

Ancient Egypt's most purrfectly prized pet is buried right here inside the ROM!

Long before dogs were known as ‘man’s best friend’, cats were the most favoured pets by the ancient Egyptians. The Cat's Tomb exhibit showcases a 2500 year-old mummified cat wrapped in linen bandages. However, what makes this cat extraordinary is that it is missing its mask. You can view the cat as it sleeps eternally with its eyes closed, ears folded back, and teeth exposed!

Learn how cats belonging to owners of the elite status were buried, the treasures these cats were buried with, as well as the important roles that cats played in ancient Egyptian society. 

The Cat’s Tomb will only be on display for a short time in the Ancient Egypt Gallery during the summer of 2013. Bring your family and friends and experience this spectacularly rare exhibit! It’s the cat’s meow!

By Amyn Adatia


Comment by Joyce Awramik

I was at San Diego's Natural History Museum today which is hosting the Traveling King Tut exhibit and met some gents who told me that the Royal Ontario Museum has over 300 original Egyptian artifacts from King Tut's tomb! He said they were "on loan" from Egypt, but "they're not asking for them back yet." To my knowledge, all the King Tut artifacts are in the Cairo Museum in Egypt, but I wonder if the gentleman knew something I don't? The exhibit in San Diego showcases faithful reproductions of the contents of the boy king's tomb and relates the story of Harold Carter and the discovery, it doesn't present itself as the original artifacts. Thank you for your attention.

Comment by Lead Concierge
The Royal Ontario Museum has no artifacts at all from King Tutankhamun's tomb, and never has. As you write, almost everything from the tomb is now in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, though some material is still in the tomb, and a few pieces associated with the young king are in other museums. 
Thanks for writing to us.
Comment by Lead Concierge
There is a permanent display of mummified animals in the ROM's Gallery of Egypt, including a magnificent cat intricately wrapped in painted linen. This display case provides the optimum environment for the long-term preservation of these fragile specimens, a delicate balance of temperature, relative humidity and light level. The Cat Mummy display was a short-term exhibition for March Break, which was extended for a period because it was popular, but it was time to return the cat to collection storage.