(mongoose) was revered for its ability to kill snakes and crush crocodile
eggs. Together with the shrew-mouse, it was regarded as the animal
manifestation of the sun god Horus at Letopolis in the Delta, whose
name, "the Blind and the Seeing", reflects the complete
daily cycle of day and night. The ichneumon, active during the day,
represented daytime sunlight, while the shrew-mouse, a nocturnal animal,
symbolized the darkness of night.
The ichneumon became a sacred animal of the lion-headed goddess Wadjet
as a result of religious developments of the Late Period, when local
traditions were frequently linked, and new mythic associations were
established. The deities of the Delta cities of Letopolis and Buto
became associated through myth, and the ichneumon - a sacred animal
of Horus of Letopolis - became a sacred animal of the goddess Wadjet
Unlike other sacred animals, which were usually placed in coffins
made in their form or in boxes surmounted by figurines depicting their
image, mummified ichneumons were occasionally placed in statuettes
of the lion-headed goddess Wadjet. The most common type depicts the
goddess seated on a throne, usually crowned by the uraeus - the rearing
fire-spewing cobra at the king's brow, with which Wadjet was identified.
The throne, or a base attached to it, which was usually hollow, contained
the mummified ichneumon.