The ancient Egyptians made offerings to the gods every day to ask for help and protection, or to give thanks for help. Some gods were linked with animals, birds, reptiles and fish. The Egyptians made offerings of these creatures at the god's own temple. These could be bronze statuettes or mummified animals wrapped in bandages. Sometimes they put them inside lifelike wooden or bronze containers.

Most of the mummified animals and birds in our collection have been x-rayed to verify their contents.