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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.


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


Deir el-Bersha, Egypt


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Religious and cult objects