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Votive (?) Hippo

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
These coarse figures stand on low bases representing sleds or sledges, possibly alluding to a ritual called The Feast of the White Hippopotamus in which a hippo was dragged on a sledge before the king. Worshippers at the festival probably either left these objects as votive offerings or acquired them as keepsakes.
MEDIUM Clay
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES ca. 2081-1700 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 11 to early Dynasty 13
    PERIOD Middle Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 3 3/4 x 5 1/2 x 2 15/16 in. (9.6 x 14 x 7.5 cm)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
    ACCESSION NUMBER 70.93.3
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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