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Hedgehog

Artist unknown12th Dynasty, c. 1800 BCE

Neues Museum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Neues Museum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Since prehistoric times (4th century BC) the hedgehog has enjoyed great popularity as it symbolizes nature at peace. In the Old Kingdom it appeared in portrayals of the countryside on reliefs, in the Middle Kingdom it was often a small figure in tomb equipment, and in the New Kingdom it again appeared in tomb paintings. Scaraboids and vessels shaped as hedgehogs also exist. However, the hedgehog had no religious meaning.

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  • Title: Hedgehog
  • Creator: Artist unknown
  • Date Created: 12th Dynasty, c. 1800 BCE
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Medium: Faience
  • Inv. no.: ÄM 10250
  • ISIL no.: DE-MUS-015418
  • External Link: Neues Museum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
  • Copyright: Photo © bpk - Photo Agency / Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Sandra Steiß || Text © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Olivia Zorn
  • Collection: Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung | Ägyptisches Museum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz

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