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Hare

Location

EGYPT

Era

Late Period, 26th Dynasty (664-525 B.C.E.)

Title

Hare

Materials

Bronze

Dimensions

3 x 5.5 x 2 cm

Credits

Purchase, inv. 1924.B.1

Collection

Archeology and World Cultures

First and foremost, the hare, whose meat was particularly fancied, was a symbol of luck in the Egyptian cosmogony. Its value stemmed from its quick reproduction and ability to survive in the desert, as well as its speed. In Egyptian hieroglyphs, the term unen (wn) signifies both “hare” and “to be,” which explains the symbolic importance of the animal in the collective imagination of the ancient Egyptians. That association with luck persisted through millennia, even in the Coptic culture.

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