Apparently a unique object, this temple offering features the heads of two animals emerging from a bell-shaped form. The type of animal is not clear. Although the heads and ears suggest that they are hippopotami, the scaly skin resembles that of a crocodile. Perhaps the animals are composites. The meticulous modeling and detail of the heads indicate the date.
- Medium: Limestone
- Place Made: Egypt
- Dates: 664-30 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: Dynasty 26 or later
- Period: Late Period to Ptolemaic Period
- Dimensions: 5 1/2 x 3 3/4 x 11 1/2 in. (14 x 9.5 x 29.2 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 36.262
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Mating Hippopotami, 664-30 B.C.E. Limestone, 5 1/2 x 3 3/4 x 11 1/2 in. (14 x 9.5 x 29.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 36.262. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Compact limestone (?) sculpture of two crocodiles enclosed in one body (?). Heads worked on great detail, body undecorated. Meaning unknown. Possible representation of the goddess Tanent. Condition: Good; one side of body has extensive black stains. Other side of body is considerably weathered, apparently by vegetal growth during burial. Minor chips on various parts of head. Very fine workmanship.
- Record Completeness: Best (84%)