Lot 35 (Out of the Ordinary, 13th February 2018)

A mummified cat

A mummified cat,
17th century, believed to have been removed from behind a 17th century fireplace,
47 x 39cm

It was the custom in Britain in the 16th and 17th centuries to place the dried or desiccated body of a cat inside the walls of a newly, built home to ward off witches, evil or as a good luck charm. Although some accounts claim the cats were walled-in alive, examination of recovered specimens indicates post-mortem concealment in most cases.

Literature: Sara Hannant and Simon, Costin, 'Of Shadows', Strange Attraction Press, 2016 (illustrated 60).

Sold for £350

Condition report

Generally good condition considering

Tail is in tact

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