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* An Egyptian Hedgehog Scaraboid for Seti I, 19th Dynasty, reign of Se | Sands of Time Ancient Art

* An Egyptian Hedgehog Scaraboid for Seti I, 19th Dynasty, reign of Se | Sands of Time Ancient Art

Hedgehog    Middle Kingdom, XII-XIII Dynasty, 1938-1700 B.C.E. Egypt    Now located in the Brooklyn Museum    When food is scarce, hedgehogs retreat into underground dens for long periods, only to re-emerge in times of abundance. The Egyptians associated this behavior with rebirth and thus wore amulets in the form of hedgehogs or left figures such as this one in tombs.

Hedgehog Middle Kingdom, XII-XIII Dynasty, 1938-1700 B.C.E. Egypt Now located in the Brooklyn Museum When food is scarce, hedgehogs retreat into underground dens for long periods, only to re-emerge in times of abundance. The Egyptians associated this behavior with rebirth and thus wore amulets in the form of hedgehogs or left figures such as this one in tombs.

Koninklijke Bibliotheek, KB, KA 16, Folio 57r A spiny hedgehog, lacking the usual grapes or apples impaled on its spines.

Koninklijke Bibliotheek, KB, KA 16, Folio 57r A spiny hedgehog, lacking the usual grapes or apples impaled on its spines.

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Woodland Hedgehog (Italian). In ancient times, hedgehogs were sometimes referred to as “urchins,” due to their spines which resemble those of sea urchins.

Dragons from the Amherst (book of) Hours, Flemish, 15th century | Walters Art Museum: Ms. W.167, detail of f. 101v.

Dragons from the Amherst (book of) Hours, Flemish, 15th century | Walters Art Museum: Ms. W.167, detail of f. 101v.

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