Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
The ancient Egyptians often snapped off the legs of hippopotamus statuettes before placing them in tombs, as these two examples show. The broken stumps of the smaller statuette’s legs demonstrate how bright blue glaze adhered to the white faience. The larger figure’s snout, perhaps also broken in antiquity, has been restored.
ca. 1938-1539 B.C.E.
Dynasty 12 to Dynasty 17
Middle Kingdom to Second Intermediate Period
7/8 × 1 × 2 1/16 in. (2.2 × 2.5 × 5.2 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Archaeological provenance not yet documented; before 1909, probably acquired by Mrs. Garrett R. Pier; 1909, probably sold at American Art Galleries, New York, NY, "The Mrs. Garrett R. Pier sale," lot 641; by 1936, acquired by Garrett Chatfield Pier; March 6, 1936, purchased at Anderson Galleries, New York, NY "Garrett C. Pier Collection," lot 68, by the Brooklyn Museum.
Undecorated dark blue figure of a standing hippopotamus. Eyes, ears and nostrils in high relief. Mouth indicated by incision.
Condition: Poor. All four legs missing. Head broken off and neck reattached to body. Snout chipped. Glaze worn in spots. Numerous firing cracks.
Hippo, ca. 1938-1539 B.C.E. Faience, 7/8 × 1 × 2 1/16 in. (2.2 × 2.5 × 5.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 36.120. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.36.120_erg2.jpg)
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