Turquoise Faience Figure of a Hippopotamus - LA.552
Origin: Egypt
Circa: 2081 BC to 1759 BC
Dimensions: 9.25" (23.5cm) high
Collection: Egyptian Antiquities
Style: 11th-12th Dynasty


This hippopotamus is portrayed as if standing in a marsh along the banks of the Nile, the left leg advanced, with tapering tail and bulging eyes, the massive body painted in black with a symmetrical composition of the buds, pads, and flowers of the blue lotus, a lotus flower on top of the head. Provenance: Mc Alpine Ancient Art, London, 1987. Cf. Louvre, E.7709 in J.Vandier, Manuel d'archeologie egyptienne, vol.III, Paris, 1958: pl.LXXXVI, 5; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Hayes, Scepter of Egypt, vol. I, fig 142. - (LA.552)




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