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An Egyptian Hippopotamus Figure Author(s): Albert M.

Lythgoe Reviewed work(s): Source: The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, Vol. 12, No. 4 (Apr., 1917), pp. 77-78 Published by: The Metropolitan Museum of Art Stable URL: . Accessed: 15/09/2012 14:35
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covered with a thick vitreous glaze. Upper Egypt. now exhibitedin our Sixth EgyptianRoom. in the provisionfor the dead. 78 ." per se. 12.may be dated very closelyto 1950B. among them the representations of various animals.150. From evidence yielded by the excavations at Meir.XI. no longerto be found in Egypt proper.150. the figure is covered with a decorationin black line of lotus flowers. we know that the son of a contemporaryof Senbi lived during the We may conclude. crocodiles. together with a similarfigureof somewhatsmallersize. Harkness a blue-glazed which is a parfigure of a hippopotamus ticularlyfine exampleof a type found.182.they were present in the lower reachesof the river in considerable numbers. RHYMING LEGENDS ON A BAVARIAN "FOOD BOTTLE" THE "food-bottle. The figurerepresents the animalas standingand measures 20 cm. 11.BULLETIN OF THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART AN EGYPTIAN HIPPOPOTAMUS FIGURE T HE Museumhas just receivedas a gift from Edward S. apes. With the the animal in his natidea of representing ural surroundings among the lowlands of the Nile. In the excavations conducted by the Museum's Egyptian Expeditionon the cemeteriesof at Lishta considerable the MiddleKingdom numberof these glazedanimalfigureshave been found which are now on exhibitionin the Eighth Egyptian Room. therefore. 17. Harkness.2 An inscribed alabaster head-rest.and The hippopotamus. A. Excellent examplesof these are to be seen in our Sixth EgyptianRoom. p. C. It is of the materialwhich is generallybut inexactlytermedEgyptianfaience-a pottery base consistingof a fine white frit.). like the crocodile. On a similar figurein the Cairo Museumthe thought is carriedstill further and butterfliesand birds are depicted flying among the reeds and flowers of the marshes. In ancient times.but has now retiredto the upperwaters of the Nile in the Sudan and tropicalAfrica. however. It is in the tombsof the MiddleKingdom that thesescenes. 3Accession No. a wooden portrait both statuette of Senbi and a Canopic-box.17A respectively. the Museum acquired in I911 May. including our newly acquiredhippopotamusfigure. the Annalesdu Servicedes Antiquites.covering manysidesof the daily life and religiousbelief of the Egyptians. inscribed with his name and titles. C.and amongthe favorite scenesof sport depictedon the walls of the tomb-chambersof the nobles and high hunt figures dignitaries. It may have come from this tomb also. is one of the and interestingformsof most "intriguing" pewter. which has becomea greenishblue in places from the action of the heat in the firing. in height. Less commonly in tombs of the same period are found figures of various types made of faience." at Meir. The figurewhich has now been acquired by the Museumthroughthe generosityof Mr.27 and 11. Its very name one writes with 'See Report by Ahmed Bey Kama!.that Senbi lived about the middleof that century and that all the materialfromhis tomb. in excavations conducted by Said Bey Khashaba under the supervision of the Egyptian Government.was found.the hippopotamus in the time of the particularly prominently. M. in lengthand i icm. 2AccessionNos.3which belongedto a "StewardSenbi. and representa great variety of occupations. were supplementedby groups and series of figures. By some powerof magic they were to ensurein the futurelife the continuation of his earthly activities and pleasures.19. and dogs."was acquired the followingyear and is now shownin the same room. Many of these groups are sculptured in wood and painted.foxes.' Amongotherobjectsfound in the tomb at the same time. L. reign of Amenemhet II (1938-1903 B. in commonwith variousother animal forms. including hippopotamisuch as the present the tomb of "The Steward. Old Kingdom. The glaze is here a brilliant blue in color. buds. in Senbi. among the funeraryfurnishingsof tombs of the MiddleKingdom.


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