Egyptian bronze shrew sarcophagus, 664-332 B.C.

Sarcophagus for shrew or Icheumon. Their life cycle, both nocturnal and diurnal, assimilated them not only with Osiris, but also with nocturnal aspects of the Horus-Mejentyirty hawk of Letopolis. They have also been found on pedestals of hawk statues, where they were introduced as prey to these birds and to represent the triumph of the sun over the darkness.


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