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The Met's unofficial mascot—this tiny hippo named William—has a bit of a dark side

Aug 28, 2013 2 MINUTES
"A lot of us are inclined to only see his cute side, but in fact there is a lot more to him than that."

Curator Isabel Stünkel on an Egyptian statuette of a hippopotamus (popularly called "William").

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Throughout 2013, The Met invited curators from across the Museum to each talk about one artwork that changed the way they see the world.

Photography by Mark Morosse

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