Statuette of Hippopotamus
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, 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.
ca. 1938-1539 B.C.E.
XII Dynasty-XVII Dynasty
Middle Kingdom-Second Intermediate Period
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Statuette of Hippopotamus, ca. 1938-1539 B.C.E. Faience, painted, 7/8 x 2 1/16 in. (2.3 x 5.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 36.120. Creative Commons-BY
. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 11/26/2007
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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.
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