egypt-museum: Ancient Egyptian Hippopotamus…


Ancient Egyptian Hippopotamus Figurine

This benevolent-looking hippopotamus slips into the marshes, taking on their colour and half-engulfed in water plants. Bright-blue Egyptian faience figures of hippopotami such as this were placed in the tombs of high-ranking civil servants toward the end of the Middle Kingdom.

Middle Kingdom, 12th Dynasty, ca. 1991-1802 BC. Made of Egyptian faience. Now in the Louvre. E 7709