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Lot 166, Auction 9/24/2018: Egyptian Bronze Sarcophagus w/ Shrew Atop

Egypt, Late Dynastic Period, Dynasties 26 through 310, ca. 662 to 320 BCE. Interesting small bronze sarcophagus with a small shrew on top. The sarcophagus is of typical rectangular open form, with a hollowed out lower section which would have contained the mummified shrew, carefully wrapped in linen. The upper side of the sarcophagus is modeled with a charming figure of the animal as it would have appeared in life, snout slightly upturned as if searching for food, ears raised and long tail. An interesting example of ancient Egyptian art! Size: 2" L x 1" H (5.1 cm x 2.5 cm).

Condition: Seems to be missing one end, surface with crystalline verdigris

Provenance: Ex - Albanese collection

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