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HippopotamusReplica Size: 20.5 x 10.5 x 7 cm
Replica: painted artificial stone
Original: faience, green blue glace, painted, 20.5x11x7.6 cm
Egyptian, Middle Kingdom, 11th/12th dynasty, ca. 2000 B.C.
The Hippopotamus is shown together with the birds and flowers of its habitat. Hippopotamuses like this, made of glazed ceramic, were an essential com-ponent of a Pharaoh's grave goods. The Hippopotamus hunt symbolized the spiritual and worldly power of a ruler.