ca. 1850 BCE
This young hippopotamus in bright blue glazed earthenware is shown lying half-covered in the midst of aquatic plants of the banks of the Nile or the marshes of the Delta. Models of hippopotami, attributed with powers of regeneration, were placed in the tombs of important dignitaries of the Middle Kingdom to ensure the rebirth of the deceased in the afterlife.
|Date: ca. 1850 BCE|
Medium: faience, painted decoration
|Classification: cult item|
|Dimensions: 4 x 14.5 x 8.5 cm|
|Inventory number: LAD 2015.004|
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