Hedgehogs in ancient Egyptian art

This video says about itself:

Ceramic Hedgehog Jar

From the Myers Eton College Collection of Egyptian Antiquities.

From Ancient Egypt Magazine, Volume 7 issue 1 August/September 2006:

Hedgehogs in ancient Egyptian art

Magda van Ryneveld explains why the humble hedgehog features so often in ancient Egyptian art.

Unfortunately, the complete article is not online.

So I don’t know whether the article mentioned the at least two species of hedgehog occurring in ancient Egypt, both different from the European species: long-eared hedgehog Hemiechinus auritus, and Paraechinus aethiopicus.

Egyptian wildlife reliefs from Karnak: here.

1 thought on “Hedgehogs in ancient Egyptian art

  1. Review: Egyptology at the Brooklyn Museum of Art
    http://tinyurl.com/e7zzz (newyorker.com)
    Included in their “Goings on About Town” section, the New Yorker have included a brief review of some of the Egyptology exhibits at the Brooklyn Museum of Art: “Oldfashioned museological Egyptology meets state-of-the-art, user-friendly installation in the permanent exhibition “Egypt Reborn.” The sunny, spacious galleries present thousands of objects, tracing an evolution from the pre-dynastic period in 3500 B.C. to the era of Roman influence. Wonders include a lavishly painted cartonnage with matching interior coffin lid, a frog-shaped childbirth amulet in brilliant blue faience, and a mummified crocodile from the crocodile cemetery at Kahun. An almost infinite listing of favorites is possible—just don’t miss the bird-headed terra-cotta figure thought to be a fertility goddess, one of the oldest, most renowned, and most beautiful artifacts in the world.”


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