This unusual object, carved from the tooth of a hippopotamus and terminating in a figure of a hippopotamus, may have served as a container for a substance believed to have magical powers. Such items were worn around the neck on leather strings.
From Mesaid (Mesa'eed) tomb 25, no. 4 [M/25/4]. 1910: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the divsion of finds by the government of Egypt. (Accession Date: March 2, 1911)
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition