Hippopotamus Tusk with Carved Head
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Pre-Dynastic, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
This figure’s face includes a long beard and carved ears. The tip of the tusk resembles a tall cap and the lower part suggests a cloaked body, but no details are shown. A hole in the top indicates that the figure was suspended, but its use and meaning are not known.
ca. 4000-3400 B.C.E.
Predynastic Period, Naqada I-early Naqada II
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Hippopotamus Tusk with Carved Head, ca. 4000-3400 B.C.E. Hippopotamus ivory, 8 5/8 x 1 5/16 in. (21.9 x 3.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 35.1266. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.35.1266_erg3.jpg)
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