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Shrew Coffin

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.
MEDIUM Bronze, animal remains
  • Reportedly From: Lower Egypt, Egypt
  • DATES 664–30 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 26, or later
    PERIOD Late Period to Ptolemaic Period
    DIMENSIONS 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)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Bronze animal coffin (37.410Ea) surmounted by a figure of an ichneumon. Contents (37.410Eb) removed.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION 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)
    IMAGE overall, 37.410E_Gavin_Ashworth_photograph.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph (Gavin Ashworth, photographer), 2012
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