Cats mummies. Animal mummies were started by Egyptians. They mummified various animals. An enormous part of Egyptian culture, not only in their role as food and pets, but also for religious reasons. They were typically mummified for four main purposes — to allow beloved pets to go on to the afterlife, to provide food in the afterlife, to act as offerings to a particular god, and because some were seen as physical manifestations of specific gods that the Egyptians worshipped.
Distemper painting on wooden panel of Two brothers, from the Fayum, Egypt. 2nd c. A.D. (Cairo: Egyptian Museum). Portrait painting arises from the mummy portrait tradition in Egypt, but removed from context because of an association with the Roman portrait busts. While most examples are from the Fayum in Egypt, we assume that this is perhaps typical of portrait painting elsewhere and still Graeco-Roman in its aesthetic. ..encaustic painting. Date 2nd century
Image of a mummy portrait of a young woman dating from the Roman period. The lives of Tawe, the Dancer and her twin sister Taous are known from a remarkable series of papers written in Greek and Egyptian during the middle years of the second century BC.