Statuette of Hippopotamus
Egyptian artists decorated statuettes of hippos with images of Nile flora and fauna. Common motifs included lotus buds, flowers, marsh grass, lily pads, frogs, water fowl, and insects. The legs of most statuettes were broken just before burial to ensure that they posed no threat to the tomb owner. Museum conservators restored the legs of many examples, including this one, to show how the statuettes looked when they were made.
- Medium: Faience, painted
- Place Made: Egypt
- Dates: ca. 1938-1539 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: XII Dynasty-XVII Dynasty
- Period: Middle Kingdom-Second Intermediate Period
- Dimensions: 7/8 x 2 1/16 in. (2.3 x 5.3 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 36.120
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Statuette of Hippopotamus, ca. 1938-1539 B.C.E. Faience, painted, 7/8 x 2 1/16 in. (2.3 x 5.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 36.120. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Best (88%)