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Copper alloy figure of an ichneumon (mongoose)


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Title/s

Copper alloy figure of an ichneumon (mongoose)

Category

figure

Name

statuette

Description

ichneumon (mongoose), standing on hind legs. The ichneumon, also known as the Pharaoh's rat, was a furry 65cm animal with a 45cm tail, which lived in the papyrus thicket. It was prized as a controller of rodents and snakes. The ichneumon was also associated with the sun god.

Dimensions

height 13.5 cm

Period

Ptolemaic period

Date

332 B.C. — 30 B.C.

Provenance

bequeathed: Greg, Robert (Sir) 1954 (Filtered for: Antiquities)

Documentation

  1. (1955) [Unknown: ILN 2 April 1955] (1955)
    Source title: Illustrated London News (2 April
    [comments: p. 607]

Material/s

copper alloy

Accession Number

E.214.1954 (Antiquities)
(Reference Number: 62270; Input Date: 2003-03-25 / Last Edit: 2011-07-13)

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