Golden Mummies : Perfume bottle

Golden Mummies

<p style='text-align: justify;'>Faience vessel in the form of a hedgehog with cross-hatched incision to represent prickles. Incised eyes, ears (very rounded and placed low on head) and mouth, and pointed snout. Base straight at front and rounded at back. Disc lip. </p><p style='text-align: justify;'>This form of vessel is also known as an aryballos and was a common item for elite trade between Egypt and Greece between the Fifth and Sixth Centuries BCE. The hedgehog motif had a history in Egyptian art back more than 2000 years to the Old Kingdom, and a hedgehog deity named Abaset is attested. Green or blue glazed faience was prized for international exchange. Many such Egyptian items - known as Aegyptiaca - have been found on Rhodes and other Greek islands.</p>

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