26 - 27 October 2004
A ROMANO-EGYPTIAN BRONZE FIGURE OF AN OTTER
PTOLEMAIC/ROMAN PERIOD, 4TH CENTURY B.C./2ND CENTURY A.D.
Standing on its hind legs with intent gaze, with tail tucked between the legs, the pelt rendered with incised strokes, loss to tip of tail and legs, mounted
2 7/8 in. (7.4 cm.) high
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Animals, 2004, VI, no. 28.
The ancient Egyptians believed the otter sat on its hind legs with raised front paws to worship the rising sun. The otter was sacred to the female deity Wadjet.
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