Cat mummies from ancient Egypt. Cats were thought to represent the goddess, Bastet. From 332 B.C. to 30 B.C. animals were raised for the specific purpose of being mummified. They were sold to people on the way to worship a god, as an offering to be left at their temple.
Set with a lapis lazuli scarab that supports the solar disk in motion, gold cloisonné pectoral, flanked by two serpents surmounted by the white crown comes from the funerary furnishings of King Sheshonq II at Tanis. It evokes the rebirth of the dead king in the form of a scarab. ~ Cairo Museum, Egypt ~ Miks' Pics "Acnient Egypt" board @ http://www.pinterest.com/msmgish/ancient-egypt/