Rare terracotta group with a rat and two mice seen side by side gnawing on the bait of a mousetrap.
According to Pedrizet perhaps an ex-voto offered by a person whose house or granary was infested with mice and rats.
Published as item no. 417, p. 151, pl. 120 (center right) in: Paul Perdrizet. Les terres cuites grecques d’Égypte de la collection Fouquet. Paris 1921. (copy of the publication record joined)
For a rat trap, cf. Petrie Archive UC16773.
Egyptian, from Horbeit, Roman Period, 1st-3rd century AD
L 8.6 cm (3.6 in)
H. 4 cm (1.6 in)
Intact and rare. Modeled in full, with much use of the modeling tool.
Ex collection of Dr. Daniel Fouquet, Cairo, around 1900.
The authenticity of the object is unconditionally guaranteed.