Hippopotamus figurine

Egyptian
Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12
1991–1783 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Deir el-Bersha

Dimensions

Height x length: 2.7 x 4.7 cm (1 1/16 x 1 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

20.1118

Medium or Technique

Faience

On View

Stanford and Norma Jean Calderwood Gallery (Gallery 119)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Religious and cult objects

Faience; ultramarine blue glaze with spots of lighter color. Right fore paw broken and missing. The figure is lying down, head erect turned to the right, and mouth slightly opened.

Provenance

From Egypt, Deir el-Bersha, Tomb 19, pit B. May, 1915: Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1920: assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.
(Accession Date: March 1, 1920)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition