Vessel (aryballos) in the form of a hedgehog

Late Period, Dynasty 25–30
760–332 B.C.


Height x width x depth: 6.3 x 4.4 x 4.4 cm (2 1/2 x 1 3/4 x 1 3/4 in.)

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Out on Loan

On display at Houston Museum of Natural Science, TX, May 17, 2013 – June 30, 2018


The Ancient World



Small faience vessel in the shape of a hedgehog. There is whitish paste with brown discolorations. There is a cross hatched design to indicate fur. Traces of blue-green glaze remain. The rim and handle are inserted as separate composite elements (or possibly restoration).


By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way. (Accession date: June 28, 1872)

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Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way