Cosmetic storage has come a long way! This cosmetic box was made from wood and paste and is missing its lid. It is on display in Walton Hall of Ancient Egypt.
Ancient Egyptian stela
The inscription on this ancient Egyptian stela, or painted limestone, says that this offering was made by
Wennefer, son of Paiwenhor, and dedicated to Osiris. It’s now on display at Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh.
(Photo by Hayley Pontia)
Beaded necklaces from ancient Egypt
Ancient Egyptian Cat Mummies
In ancient Egypt, cats were sacred animals. People dedicated mummified cats at the sanctuary of the cat goddess Bastet as offerings. The sanctuary was located in the city of Bubastis where the remains of numerous cat mummies and small cat sculptures have been found.
Cats were also pets, just like they are today, and were sometimes mummified and placed in tombs with their owners. The belief was that by placing cats and their owners in the same tomb the pair could remain together in the Afterlife.