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Hippopotamus figurine

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Faience; ultramarine blue glaze with spots of lighter color. Right fore paw broken and missing. The figure is lying down, head erect turned to the right, and mouth slightly opened.

Provenance

From Egypt, Deir el-Bersha, Tomb 19, pit B. May, 1915: Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1920: assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt. (Accession Date: March 1, 1920)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12, 1991–1783 B.C.

Object Place for Label

Findspot

Deir el-Bersha, Egypt

Dimensions

Height x length: 2.7 x 4.7 cm (1 1/16 x 1 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

20.1118

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Religious and cult objects