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Hippopotamus figurine

Middle Kingdom–Second Intermediate Period
Dynasty 12–17
ca. 1981–1550 B.C.
From Egypt
h. 6 cm (2 3/8 in); w. 15.5 cm (6 1/8 in)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Fletcher Fund and The Guide Foundation Inc. Gift, 1966
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 113
Hippopotamus statuettes made out of faience (a non-clay ceramic material) occur in four different positions: standing, walking, seated, and reclining. This reclining hippopotamus is decorated with lotus flowers and leaves, and the depiction of a bird with outstretched wings can be found on its back.
Collection of Albert Gallatin, purchased by the Museum in 1966. Purchased by him from Dikran Kelekian Inc., April 1951.

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