King and Ichneumon
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
The Egyptians regarded kings as the primary priest for all deities in the country. Here the king performs a ritual for an ichneumon (an African mongoose), which could represent either the gods Horus or Atum or the goddess Mafdet. In any case, the ichneumon was considered divine because of its ability to kill dangerous snakes.
XXVI Dynasty to XXXI Dynasty
5 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 in. (12.7 x 11.4 x 6.4 cm) (show scale)
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Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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King and Ichneumon, 664-332 B.C.E. Bronze, 5 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 in. (12.7 x 11.4 x 6.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 76.105.2. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 76.105.2_front_PS1.jpg)
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