Hippopotamus

Egyptian
Second Intermediate Period
1630–1539 B.C.


Dimensions

Height x width x length: 10.4 x 8.3 x 20.9 cm (4 1/8 x 3 1/4 x 8 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

51.8

Medium or Technique

Faience

Out on Loan

On display at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Denmark, October 12, 2017 – February 25, 2018

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Pale green faience hippo with a large round belly and closed mouth. The design of lotuses and marsh plants, painted in purple-brown manganese pigment, symbolize creation, rebirth and the swampy habitat of the hippo.

Provenance

By 1870: brought from Egypt probably by Charles Hale, Consul General in Alexandria from 1864 to 1870; 1951: purchased by the MFA from Mrs. Fredson Bowers, Charlottesville, VA, daughter of Philip L. Hale, for $50. (Accession Date: January 1, 1951)

Credit Line

Martha A. Willcomb Fund