Seal Amulet in the Shape of a Hippopotamus

New Kingdom

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 117

This very small object is a seal amulet in the shape of a reclining hippopotamus. On its flat underside are three hieroglyphs that can be read as a wish: "Life, stability, and prosperity." A nice detail is the animation of the sign in the center that has been equipped with human arms and is holding the two other hieroglyphs to its sides.

Seal Amulet in the Shape of a Hippopotamus, Glazed steatite

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