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This is one of the most popular items on display at The Beaney. As well as people, the ancient Egyptians mummified all sorts of different creatures. Cats were especially sacred in ancient Egypt and a huge number of mummified cats have been discovered. Many cats were mummified in the Egyptian city of Bubastis and then buried in special cat cemeteries. Bubastis was the centre of worship of the cat goddess Bastet.
The Beaney has lots of ancient Egyptian amulets, some of them depict different gods but many of our amulets are in the form of scarab beetles like this one. The scarab was very important to the Ancient Egyptians, they associated this beetle with the sun, rebirth and renewal