A Hedgehog (Erinaceus roumanicus). Hans Hoffmann (German, ca. 1545/1550–1591/1592). Watercolor and gouache on vellum, 8 1/8 x 12 1/16 in., before 1584. Purchase, Annette de la Renta Gift, 2005 (2005.347)
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Groundhog Day Roundup

Whether we’re in for more winter or an early spring, Groundhog Day is the perfect moment to contemplate a few furry critters from The Met collection

In every season, The Met collection offers cuteness in multiple media. And while you might not spot a groundhog here, we hope you enjoy this gallery of irresistible varmints.

Twee as Can Be

Squirrel. Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory (British, 1745–1784, Red Anchor Period, ca. 1753–58). Soft-paste porcelain, 2-5/8 × 1-7/8 in., ca. 1755. Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1964 (64.101.545a, b)

Tall Tail

Glass snake-thread flask shaped like a mouse. Roman, Late Imperial. Glass, blue; blown, tooled, and trailed; 2 1/2 x 2 x 5 3/4 in.; 3rd century A.D. Gift of Renée E. and Robert A. Belfer, 2012 (2012.479.2)

Going Nuts

Squirrel Eating Chestnuts. Kawabata Gyokushō (Japanese, 1842–1913). Ink on silk, 13 1/2 x 10 7/8 in., 1887–92. Charles Stewart Smith Collection, Gift of Mrs. Charles Stewart Smith, Charles Stewart Smith Jr., and Howard Caswell Smith, in memory of Charles Stewart Smith, 1914 (

Fragrance-Filled Friend

Terracotta aryballos (perfume vase) in the form of a hedgehog. Rhodian, Archaic. Terracotta, 2 3/4 x 4 1/4 x 2 3/8 in., mid-6th century B.C. Purchase, Winslow Carlton Gift, 1969 (69.11.3)

Carved Cuteness

Netsuke of Beaver in Lotus Pond. Japan, 18th century. Ivory; H. 7/8 in., W. 2 in., D. 1 3/4 in.; 18th century. Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, 1910 (10.211.1077)

Sacred Likeness

Mouse Divination Vessel. Côte d’Ivoire, Baule peoples. Ceramic, cloth, fiber, sacrificial materials; H. 8 1/4 x D. 7 1/4 in.; 19th–20th century. Gift of Mr. Arthur C. Scharf, 1986 (1986.487.3a, b)

Vessel Varmint

Bottle with Mouse. Peru, Recuay. Ceramic, H. 6 in., 4th–7th century. Gift of Nathan Cummings, 1966 (66.30.2)


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