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Item:274262517643Egyptian Limestone Ichneumon An ancient Egyptian limestone ichneumon (mongoose) statuette standing on an integral rectangular shrine base. The bones of the sacred creature are contained within a hollowed out and plugged recess in the shrine base.Late Period, Ca. 700-30 BC. Length: 4 1/2 in. (11.5 cm). Intact.The ichneumon or Egyptian mongoose was highly revered by the Ancient Egyptians for its skill at killing dangerous snakes and its invulnerability to their poison. The animal was a symbol of the spirits of the underworld and was particularly associated with the goddess Wadjyt.Formerly in the collection of Baron Edouard Louis Joseph Empain (1852-1929), Belgium; acquired at Christie's, London, April 14, 2011, lot 104.#4644GUARANTEED AUTHENTIC AND AS DESCRIBEDHIXENBAUGH ANCIENT ART, NEW YORKMember: Appraisers Association of America (AAA) Art and Antique Dealers League of America (AADLA) Confederation Internationale des Negociants en Oeuvres d'Art (CINOA)See our 'about me' page for our credentials and expertise. All antiquities we handle are authentic and legally acquired. Every piece is accompanied by a complete description with photo and signed guarantee of authenticity.See our web site for more examples of fine ancient art.Material:Limestone, Provenance:Ownership History Available
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