Lot 71B: An extremely rare Egyptian faience Hippopotamus
December 4, 2016
Montrose, CA, USALive Auction
Description: An extremely rare Egyptian faience Hippopotamus, Middle Kingdom, c. 2061 – 1690 BC, with a nice light turquoise color, naturalistically modeled with the back decorated with two facing lotus flowers and a leaf with stalk on each side, faintly remaining in black paint. A handsome example of this rare and iconic Egyptian faience figure which was the embodiment of the god Set, the bringer of desert storms. 5 in x 3 3/8 in (12.7 x 8.6 cm). In the Middle Kingdom period, figurines of Hippopotami such as this were placed in tombs near the dead as a representation of rebirth, and as an aid to help in the process. This animal had become a symbol of rebirth because of their natural habit of submerging and reemerging after a time from the water. Ex collection of the Czech diplomat Stanislav Kovar (1889-1962).
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