Over 70 original pieces from the Barcelona Egyptian Museum collection form the ‘Sacred Animals of Ancient Egypt’ exhibition. The goal of the project is to provide insight into the relationship Ancient Egyptians established with species of the animal world. Two striking pieces greet the entering visitor—a statue of Horus, the god who takes the shape of a hawk, and the sphinx of god Amun. Used as an economic resource, pets, or hunting prey, animals were present in a number of cultural expressions of pharaonic Egypt. One of their central roles was in religion—the majority of species known by Egyptians were in fact associated with a specific divinity.
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