Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
Placing an image of a hippo in the tomb was believed to provide powerful protection for the spirit of the deceased. At the same time, hippos evoke chaotic forces because of the danger they pose to humans as wild animals in this world. For this reason, Egyptians often snapped off the legs of hippopotamus statuettes before placing them in tombs. The broken stumps of the statuette’s legs demonstrate how bright blue glaze adhered to the white faience.
ca. 1938-1539 B.C.E.
XII Dynasty-XVII Dynasty
Middle Kingdom to Second Intermediate Period
3 × 2 1/4 × 4 1/2 in. (7.6 × 5.7 × 11.4 cm) (show scale)
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Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Hippo, ca. 1938-1539 B.C.E. Faience, 3 × 2 1/4 × 4 1/2 in. (7.6 × 5.7 × 11.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 35.1276. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.35.1276_view1_erg2.jpg)
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