- Ptolemaic Period
- 304 B.C.–30 B.C.
- From Egypt
- Cupreous metal
- H. 3 cm (1 3/16 in.); W. 2.5 cm (1 in.); L. 9.6 cm (3 3/4 in.)
H. (with tang): 3.9 cm (1 9/16 in.)
- Credit Line:
- Gift of Darius Ogden Mills, 1904
- Accession Number:
"The voracious" was the ancient Egyptians'name for the shrew, an epithet that aptly describes the feeding habits of this tiny animal. In ancient Egyptian mythology the shrew was closely associated with the ichneumon. The shrew represented the blind aspect of a solar deity whose complement, endowed with keen eyesight, was understood to be the ichneumon.