Faience Hippopotamus from Thebes.
20th-17th c BCE Egyptian Egyptian Middle Kingdom Sculpture
EGYPTIAN MIDDLE KINGDOM Anonymous
(c. 2124 BCE - 1786 BCE)
c. 2040 BCE-1640 BCE
20th-17th c BCE
Egyptian Middle Kingdom
Cairo. Egyptian Museum.
This charming statuette of a hippopotamus is one of the most beloved pieces of Egyptian sculpture. Made of faience, a type of glazed ceramic, the bright blue little hippo is decorated with lilies and papyrus buds which depict its watery habitat.