An unusual image of a rodent confronting a cat in the Beni Hassan tomb of Baqet III (no. 15) has perplexed scholars, who have been unable to agree what species of rat or mouse is represented. Recent re-recording of the Middle Kingdom cemetery site by the Australian Centre for Egyptology has revealed new information that now confirms the animal’s identity as a Nile grass rat (Arvicanthis niloticus).
|Title of host publication||Creatures of earth, water, and sky|
|Subtitle of host publication||essays on animals in Ancient Egypt and Nubia|
|Editors||Stéphanie Porcier, Salima Ikram, Stéphane Pasquali|
|Place of Publication||Leiden|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - Aug 2019|
- Egyptian art
- human-animal relationships