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Hedgehog

Period:
Late Period–Ptolemaic Period
Date:
664–30 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt
Medium:
Cupreous metal
Dimensions:
h. 1.9 cm (3/4 in.) × l. 3.2 cm (1 1/4 in.) weight 41.9 grams (1.478 oz.)
Credit Line:
Gift of Helen Miller Gould, 1910
Accession Number:
10.130.1336
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 134
Hedgehogs may have been noted because of their ability to hiberate during food scarcity. The disappearance of the animals for long periods and their later reemergence may have been connected with rebirth.
Formerly in the collection of the Reverend Chauncey Murch (died 1907). Collected between 1883 and 1906 while Murch was a missionary in Egypt. Collection purchased by the Museum from the Murch family with funds provided by Helen Miller Gould, 1910.

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