Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
When food is scarce, hedgehogs retreat into underground dens for long periods, to re-emerge only in times of abundance. The Egyptians associated this behavior with rebirth and thus wore amulets in the form of hedgehogs or left figures such as this one in tombs. Also, according to the Ebers Medical Papyrus of the early Eighteenth Dynasty, hedgehog spines, when ground up and mixed with fat or oil, cured baldness.
ca. 1938-1700 B.C.E.
XII Dynasty-early XIII Dynasty
1 5/8 x 1 5/8 x 2 13/16 in. (4.2 x 4.1 x 7.1 cm) (show scale)
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Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Hedgehog, ca. 1938-1700 B.C.E. Faience, 1 5/8 x 1 5/8 x 2 13/16 in. (4.2 x 4.1 x 7.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 65.2.1. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 65.2.1_SL1.jpg)
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Blue-green faience hedgehog with black spots on elliptical base, both left legs slightly advanced and modeled freely in the round. Back is scored in grid pattern and bumpy to simulate quills.
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