Relief of a Hippopotamus
This relief fragment presents a female hippopotamus in connection with "The Feast of the White One," a feast that dates back to the Old Kingdom (Dynasties III–VI) but whose meaning is still not clearly understood. The animal seems to be a manifestation of either a deity associated with fertility or protection or possibly a deity localized in Lower Egypt. She stands on a stylized baseline, behind which 15 a papyrus column. Below are the hieroglyph for "festival" and traces of another, indecipherable hieroglyph. In the completed scene the animal would have faced a figure of a king presenting offerings.
- Medium: Gypsum or gesso gypsum
- Possible Place Collected: Mitrahina, Egypt
- Dates: ca. 589 B.C.E. - 570 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: XXVI Dynasty
- Period: Late Period
- Dimensions: 5 11/16 x 6 1/2 x 1 5/16 in. (14.5 x 16.5 x 3.4 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 67.175.2
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Relief of a Hippopotamus, ca. 589 B.C.E. - 570 B.C.E. Gypsum or gesso gypsum, 5 11/16 x 6 1/2 x 1 5/16 in. (14.5 x 16.5 x 3.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 67.175.2. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Good (66%)