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Hedgehog

Period:
New Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 18, early
Date:
ca. 1550–1450 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt
Medium:
Faience
Dimensions:
h. 3 cm (1 3/16 in); w. 4.3 cm (1 11/16 in); d. 3 cm (1 3/16 in); diam. 5.8 cm (2 5/16 in)
Credit Line:
Gift of Norbert Schimmel Trust, 1989
Accession Number:
1989.281.91
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 117
This spherical object represents a hedgehog tightly curled in self-defence. The head, feet, and tail are shown in relief. The animal's spines are indicated by black dots. The eyes and the rims of the large ears are also highlighted in black. Before firing, two holes were pierced through the surface at equal distances above and below the relief, but not quite on the axis of the sphere. The holes were probably made simultaneously by one instrument as they are exactly aligned. The hollow ball was most likely formed in two halves, as suggested by the hairline crack along part of the circumference.
Collection of Norbert Schimmel, by 1974 when published. Donated to the Museum by the Norbert Schimmel Trust, 1989. Published in the MMA Bulletin, Spring 1992.

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