Mummy of a cat. Greco-Roman Period, III cent. B. C. – IV cent. A. D.

Herodotus describes in his History a jovial festivity in the honour of the goddess Bastet and tells
about the Egyptian tradition to go into mourning if a cat dies in the house. Herodotus writes that
cat mummies were brought for burial to the city of Bubastis. However, similar mass burials were
found in Saqqara and numerous other places (the tombs dated back to the New Kingdom were often used
for this purpose).