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Hippopotamus

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Pale green faience hippo with a large round belly and closed mouth. The design of lotuses and marsh plants, painted in purple-brown manganese pigment, symbolize creation, rebirth and the swampy habitat of the hippo.

Provenance

By 1870: brought from Egypt probably by Charles Hale, Consul General in Alexandria from 1864 to 1870; 1951: purchased by the MFA from Mrs. Fredson Bowers, Charlottesville, VA, daughter of Philip L. Hale, for $50. (Accession Date: January 1, 1951)

Credit Line

Martha A. Willcomb Fund

Egyptian, Second Intermediate Period, 1630–1539 B.C.

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Dimensions

Height x width x length: 10.4 x 8.3 x 20.9 cm (4 1/8 x 3 1/4 x 8 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

51.8

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture