Trapping Baqet's rat

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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).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCreatures of earth, water, and sky
Subtitle of host publicationessays on animals in Ancient Egypt and Nubia
EditorsStéphanie Porcier, Salima Ikram, Stéphane Pasquali
Place of PublicationLeiden
PublisherSidestone Press
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9789088907722, 9789088907715
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventInternational Symposium on Animals in Ancient Egypt (1st : 2016) - Lyon, France
Duration: 1 Jun 20164 Jun 2016


ConferenceInternational Symposium on Animals in Ancient Egypt (1st : 2016)
Abbreviated titleISAAE 1


  • rodents
  • rats
  • mice
  • Egyptian art
  • Beni Hassan
  • Middle Kingdon

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