The statue is a faithful model of a hedgehog with a long nose, small eyes, and pointed ears, but the body is completely covered with spines in a rather representational manner. The animal is made from blue faience and stands on an oval faience base.
Images of hedgehogs were painted in tombs of the Old Kingdom as decoration on the bows of boats. It was also used in the production of small, animal-shaped perfume containers until the Roman Period (30 BC-313 AD). It is probable that hedgehogs were connected with the god of childbirth, Mut or Bes.
Middle Kingdom, ca. 2055-1650 BC. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 30742