Histoire Naturelle - Reptiles - Plate 7 - Viper ~ Terrified of snakes, the Egyptians used magic to protect themselves from them. In their religion, the snake was considered an inhabitant of the underworld and was inherently evil. This added to the human hatred of snakes. The four primeval goddesses of the Ogdoad - Naunet (water), Amaunet (invisibility), Hauhet (infinity) and Kauket (darkness) - were also snake goddesses.

Framed 35 1/2 inches x 28 inches ~ $1,850