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Hippopotamus

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.

Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi/ Photo: Thierry Ollivier

Artwork Details

Title: Hippopotamus
Geography: Egypt
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
Contact for images: images@louvreabudhabi.ae

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