Thursday, December 15, 2011 at the National Archaeological Museum of Parma (Palace of Pillotta) will hold a conference to present the public with interesting news emerged from the study of the cat mummy kept at the same museum.
The conference was attended by Giacomo Gnudi, the veterinarian radiologist at the University of Parma who carried out the examination and Roberta Conversi, the archaeologist in charge of the museum’s Egyptian section.
While waiting to find the necessary funds for the restoration, the precious relic will be exhibited for the first time to the public.
Following is the text taken from the in-depth press release edited by Carla Conti (english translation by Google Translate from italian text).
A mummy of “first” quality, not a fetish or a product of low alloy. X-rays on the cat mummy kept at the National Archaeological Museum of Parma have found that inside the wrapping is the entire animal, a young specimen of the age of 4 or 5 months, dating back some 2000 years ago. While not a rarity, it is a finding of great importance, connected with the cult of the cat goddess Bastet, the Egyptian god pledge of fertility, health and earthly pleasures. Read more