Hedgehog Middle Kingdom, XII-XIII Dynasty, 1938-1700 B.C.E. Egypt Now located in the Brooklyn Museum When food is scarce, hedgehogs retreat into underground dens for long periods, only to re-emerge in times of abundance. The Egyptians associated this behavior with rebirth and thus wore amulets in the form of hedgehogs or left figures such as this one in tombs.
Egyptian "Ushabti," burial figure made of faience (soft glazed ceramic) material with blue color made from lapis lazuli ground up. These range from 3" to about 8 inches high and were buried with the dead. Mine is about 7" high I believe. Hieroglyphics on it are still in very good shape. A pretty and interesting "antiquity."