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