About this object

Green Egyptian faience cosmetic pot in the form of a hedgehog with vase top and flat handle projecting from the animal's back. Spines indicated by cross-hatching. The hedgehog was revered in Egypt from early times, probably for its nocturnal habits and its ability to make its way in the dark; for its connection with renewal and rebirth due to its reappearance after hibernation; and for its ability to defend itself against much large animals.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Object
  • Culture
    Late Period
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    747 - 332 BC
  • Materials
    Egyptian Faience
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of E. C. Grisewood
  • Collector
    E C Grisewood
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    48 mm x 56 mm x 32 mm n
  • Related people
    E C Grisewood (Collector, previous owner)

Where is this object from?

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  • Gifts of The Nile: Ancient Egyptian Arts and Crafts in Liverpool Museum

    Bienkowski, Piotr; Tooley, Angela

    Author: Bienkowski, Piotr; Tooley, Angela
    Publisher: Her Majesty's Stationery Office
    Date: 1995
    Description: A 130 page illustrated book that focuses on the Egyptian antiquities in World Museum's collections to provide a colourful introduction to the land and its culture in the Pharaonic period. An appendix explains the history of the collection and includes information about the Lady Lever Art Gallery Egyptian collection, which is also part of National Museums Liverpool.


Previous owners

  • E C Grisewood

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1930
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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