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A myth is a traditional, typically ancient story dealing with supernatural beings, ancestors, or heroes that serves as a fundamental type in the worldview of a people. A myth may explain aspects of the natural world or delineate the psychology, customs, or ideals of society

Ptolemaic

The Ptolemaic Dynasty ruled Egypt from 323 BC to 30 BC. It was a Macedonian or Greek dynasty in origin.

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Standing Statue of an Ichneumon
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Many bronze figurines of ichneumons, or mongooses, have survived, and most of them date to the Late Period or Ptolemaic period.

This statue is one that shows the ichneumon standing and raising its hands; it has human hands instead of paws.

Its skill in killing snakes led to the myth that the sun god, Re, once took the form of an ichneumon in order to fight Apophis, the great serpent of the Underworld. This solar identification is responsible for the sun disk on top of the head of this statue.

It also wears a uraeus, or royal cobra, accompanying the sun disk, which serves to identify the ichneumon with Wadjet, the goddess of Lower Egypt.

Dimensions:  Height 24.6 cm

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Culture:

Pharaonic

Technique:

Cast

Style:

Late Period

Materials:

Bronze
Type Type

Type:

Statue
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Location: 

Egyptian Museum
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Created: 

Late Period

Acquired: 

1970 AD
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