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Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
The ancient Egyptians often snapped off the legs of hippopotamus statuettes before placing them in tombs, as these two examples show. The broken stumps of the smaller statuette’s legs demonstrate how bright blue glaze adhered to the white faience. The larger figure’s snout, perhaps also broken in antiquity, has been restored.
MEDIUM Faience
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1938–1539 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 12 to Dynasty 17
    PERIOD Middle Kingdom to Second Intermediate Period
    DIMENSIONS 7/8 × 1 × 2 1/16 in. (2.2 × 2.5 × 5.2 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    PROVENANCE Archaeological provenance not yet documented; before 1909, probably acquired by Mrs. Garrett R. Pier; 1909, probably sold at American Art Galleries, New York, NY, "The Mrs. Garrett R. Pier sale," lot 641; by 1936, acquired by Garrett Chatfield Pier; March 6, 1936, purchased at Anderson Galleries, New York, NY "Garrett C. Pier Collection," lot 68, by the Brooklyn Museum.
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Undecorated dark blue figure of a standing hippopotamus. Eyes, ears and nostrils in high relief. Mouth indicated by incision. Condition: Poor. All four legs missing. Head broken off and neck reattached to body. Snout chipped. Glaze worn in spots. Numerous firing cracks.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
    CAPTION Hippo, ca. 1938–1539 B.C.E. Faience, 7/8 × 1 × 2 1/16 in. (2.2 × 2.5 × 5.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 36.120. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.36.120_erg2.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, CUR.36.120_erg2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 11/26/2007
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