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Faience figure of a hippopotamus: E.341.1954

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Current Location: Gallery 19

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Faience figure of a hippopotamus

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Description

Hippopotamus. The hippopotamus represented the god Seth (who murdered his brother Osiris) in later period. The ancient Egyptians saw the animal as ferocious; however, figures were often included in burials. The Romans often included hippopotami on wall paintings and mosaics representing Egypt. They are often shown hunted.

Measurements and weight

Length: 15 cm
Width: 8 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1954) by Greg, Robert, Sir

Dating

Middle Kingdom
-2055 - -1650

Materials used in production

Faïence

Techniques used in production

Moulded

Identification numbers

Accession number: E.341.1954
Primary reference Number: 62396
Oldadmincategory: FG
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 12 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Antiquities

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