The standing hippopotamus represented Seth, the brother of Osiris who murdered him and then claimed his throne. It was thus a symbol of chaos. Egyptians controlled negative forces in the tomb by including a hippopotamus with the legs purposely broken. The lotus flowers drawn on its flanks reflect the animal as it would be seen standing in the Nile among the natural vegetation.
- Medium: Faience, painted
- Place Made: Egypt
- Dates: ca. 1938-1539 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: XII Dynasty to XVII Dynasty
- Period: Middle Kingdom to Second Intermediate Period
- Dimensions: 4 1/8 x 3 1/8 x 7 3/8 in. (10.5 x 7.9 x 18.8 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 86.226.2
- Credit Line: Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc.
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Hippopotamus, ca. 1938-1539 B.C.E. Faience, painted, 4 1/8 x 3 1/8 x 7 3/8 in. (10.5 x 7.9 x 18.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc., 86.226.2. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Faience statuette of standing hippopotamus. Head frontal and slightly lowered, feet parallel, tail in high relief. Glazed blue, now largely turned green. Decorations on manganese of lotus flowers and buds arranged in conventional pattern. Rosette (lotus in top view) on each buttock. Lotus leaf on each side of head. Glaze on left side of body badly worn. Right ear chipped. Chips on jaw (each side). Minor chips on body.
- Record Completeness: Best (86%)