Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
The Egyptians venerated the shrew, a mouse-sized nocturnal creature, because they believed it to be the counterpart for the ichneumon, with full vision during the night.
Bronze, animal remains
Dynasty 26, or later
Late Period to Ptolemaic Period
1 5/16 x 3/4 x 2 1/2 in., 0.2 lb. (3.3 x 1.9 x 6.4 cm, 0.08kg)
as mounted: 1 1/2 x 7/8 x 2 1/2 in. (3.8 x 2.2 x 6.4 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Bronze animal coffin (37.410Ea) surmounted by a figure of an ichneumon. Contents (37.410Eb) removed.
This item is not on view
Shrew Coffin, 664–30 B.C.E. Bronze, animal remains, 1 5/16 x 3/4 x 2 1/2 in., 0.2 lb. (3.3 x 1.9 x 6.4 cm, 0.08kg). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.410Ea-b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum (Gavin Ashworth,er), 37.410E_Gavin_Ashworth_photograph.jpg)
overall, 37.410E_Gavin_Ashworth_photograph.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph (Gavin Ashworth, photographer), 2012
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