Statuette of a Hippopotamus

Statuettes depicting hippopotami, symbolic of regeneration in the hereafter, were popular grave goods that were placed close to the mummy in the coffin. Plants and animals characteristic of the marshes where the hippo lived are depicted on its body. The king’s ritual hippopotamus hunt symbolized his victory over the forces of chaos with which the animal had been associated since primeval times.

Statuette of a Hippopotamus
Statuette of a Hippopotamus

Middle Kingdom, 11th to 12th Dynasty, around ca. 2000 BC. Made of Egyptian faience, greenish-blue glaze. Now in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. INV 4211

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