Faience aryballos (oil bottle) in the form of a hedgehog
6th century B.C.
Overall: 1 3/4 x 2 9/16 in. (4.4 x 6.5 cm)
Gift of Miss Helen Miller Gould, 1910
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Hedgehogs are among the most common forms of faience oil flasks. The center of production of these vases has traditionally been identified as Naucratis, a Greek trading colony on the Nile Delta, in Egypt.