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Best Place to Find a Mummified Cat: "Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs"

"Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs"

If you live in Cincinnati and were on the hunt for a mummified cat last year, you didn’t have to go digging around any Hoarders-style homes. Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs made its U.S. debut at the Cincinnati Museum Center in February, bringing more than 350 original artifacts from Ancient Egypt to a modern audience. Including a mummified cat. The exhibit offered a sweeping look at Egyptian life five millennia ago, from the gods they worshipped to the flourishing arts scene to the everyday lives of both commoners and the ruling class. Notable items on display included the sphinx head of the pharaoh Hatshepsut; a papyrus fragment with a scene from the Book of the Dead; impressive miniature replicas of various temples and housing; the world’s first three-dimensional mummy hologram; and numerous statues depicting gods and goddesses, as well as animals. The theme of zoomorphism ran throughout The Time of Pharaohs: Animals were seen as sacred to ancient Egyptians, as it was thought that gods could be reincarnated into animal forms. Takes the term “cat lady” to a whole new level. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Queensgate, cincymuseum.org.