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Copper alloy figure of an ichneumon (mongoose): E.214.1954

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Current Location: Gallery 19


Copper alloy figure of an ichneumon (mongoose)




Ichneumon (mongoose), standing on hind legs. The ichneumon, also known as the Pharaoh's rat, was a furry 65cm animal with a 45cm tail, which lived in the papyrus thicket. It was prized as a controller of rodents and snakes. The ichneumon was also associated with the sun god.

Measurements and weight

Height: 13.5 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1954) by Greg, Robert, Sir


Ptolemaic period
-332 - -30

Materials used in production

bronze Copper alloy

Techniques used in production

Cast (process)

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Identification numbers

Accession number: E.214.1954
Primary reference Number: 62270
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 19 November 2020 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Antiquities

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