New Kingdom

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 111

This tiny reclining hippo is masterfully carved from red jasper, a material that is typical for the New Kingdom. Pierced lengthwise, it might have been used as a piece of jewelry or as an amulet. Ancient Egyptians believed that hippopotami were very dangerous animals, but they also associated hippos with positive qualities such as life, regeneration, and rebirth.

Hippopotamus, Red jasper

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