Thursday, January 31, 2008

Sarawak Cat Museum, Malaysia

Brunei Online

The Sarawak Cat Museum in Kuching is the world's first cat museum, with more than 2,000 feline exhibits collected and donated from all over the world. It is also a research centre that documents the history of cats and the legends and beliefs that surround them. Laboratory assistant Anne Ganyang is seen showing one of the museum's prized possessions, a mummified cat dating from 3,000BC to 3,500BC found in Beni Hassan, an Egyptian village on the east bank of the Nile River. It was a gift from the Natural History Museum in London when the Cat Museum, the brainchild of Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud and his wife Laila Taib, opened in 1988. When the mummified cat was discovered, its face was covered by a wooden mask with a cat face painted on it.

Kuching is in East Malaysia.
More about the musem can be found on an article on the website. It looks like a very strange mixture!

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