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Ancient Egyptian Late Period Shrew Sarcophagus - 664 BC

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Seller: artancientltd (9,287) 99.6%, Location: Huntingdon, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 291285293757 A fascinating ancient Egyptian bronze shrew sarcophagus, dating to the Late Period, 664 – 332 BC. The sarcophagus is of typical rectangular open form, with a hollowed out lower section which would have contained the mummified shrew, carefully wrapped in linen. The upper side of the sarcophagus is modeled with a charming figure of the animal as it would have appeared in life, snout slightly downturned as if searching for food, ears raised and long tail. The ancient Egyptians believed that their deities could appear on earth in animal form, as such, shrews played an important role in Egyptian cult practices, particularly during the later dynasties. They were considered an animal that came from the dark, and were often associated with the mongoose, an animal that would appear during the day. These two species may well have represented two faces (night and day, dark and light) of the same deity. Indeed, the Egyptians built many animal cemeteries along the Nile, which they often termed resting places of the “Osiris God animal." Though animal burials were practiced throughout ancient Egyptian history, the organised production of animal mummies for sale and burial as votive objects began in the Late Period. The animals would be specially bred and well looked after, before being prepared for their journey into the afterlife. This evocative relic dates from this period. Length: 2 3/8 inches. Condition: Good, missing front section, unrestored.Provenance:Ex. British private collection, acquired 1980's. Previously with Tetragon (London). Old collection number on the base. Authenticity All items are unconditionally guaranteed to be Authentic as described. For added security we offer a full money-back guarantee if a recognized authority disputes the authenticity of any object sold. We send paper invoices incorporating a signed certificate of authenticity and photograph of the item. Shipping We send all collectibles Registered, Signed-for and Insured. We do not aim to profit from shipping charges. As volume sellers with preferential rates, we are mostly able to ship at below commercially available prices. For eBay customers If you wish to leave us a note or have a special request for delivery, please do not use the "item notes" on the ebay checkout. Instead, please send your request via the contact seller link. Combined shipping In some cases we can combine multiple items into a single package to save you money. However, If you plan to purchase items over the course of a day or more you must delay payment and let us know after you have purchased the first item. Otherwise all items are sent following cleared payment. Terms and conditions No Sales Tax/VAT will be charged by ourselves. We are not responsible for customs delays/duties. As legitimate sellers, we abide by United Kingdom and European Union Export regulations. We do not mis-describe items on the customs form. Please note that in most countries, antiques and collectibles are eligible for minimal/zero charges on importation. ArtAncient Limited is registered in England no. 06376708 Vat registration no: GB 948 9832 53. Services & Partners: inkFrog Analytics Material: Bronze, Genuine or Reproduction: Genuine, Original/Reproduction: Original, Period: Late Period

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