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Pet Gazelle
Animal Mummy
Petgazelle
Biographical Information
Clas Unknown
Species Dorcas Gazelle
Age
Sex f
Length
Source
Culture Egyptian
Date(s)
Site
Current Location
Location Cairo
Catalog # Unknown
Discovered in the tomb of Esemkhet a royal daughter. It was a common Egyptian tradition to include animal mummies in prestigious burials not only to honor the role that the pet played in the deceased's life, but for various religious reasons (Egyptian Mummies).

In the tomb her pet gazelle had been placed in its own stone sarcophagus.

Studies

It was wrapped with the limbs tucked under its belly in a pose reminiscent of the recumbent gazelles in Egyptian art.

Additional

Gazelles were sometimes associated with Anuket, goddess of the River Nile and of water in the Nubian tradition. Anuket was sometimes represented as a gazelle (Strandberg, 2009; Chiozzi et al., 2014)

External Links

Australian Museum. (n.d.). Retrieved September 10, 2017, from https://australianmuseum.net.au/animal-mummies-in-ancient-egypt

Egyptian Mummies. (n.d.). Retrieved September 10, 2017, from http://www.angelfire.com/la/egyptology/mummies.htm

https://lflank.wordpress.com/2017/04/20/egypts-animal-mummies/

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