Shrew-Mouse Relic Box

M11835

On display

Hollow bronze container for a mummified shrew-mouse, adorned with two figures of shrew-mice. Described by Professor Percy Newberry as being of a “good technique” and dating to the Saite Period or later. As a nocturnal creature, the shrew was associated with the ichneumon which lived during the day, and together they represented the two faces of the sun-god. There is a very similar object in the collections of Bristol Museum and Art Gallery (H5190).