Egyptian Hippo miniature

    SKU: cmcr80340

    £6.50 Members' price *


    A miniature replica of an Egyptian hippotamus, measuring 4cm long.

    In ancient Egypt hippos were identified with the goddess Taweret, believed to bring luck and protection, and also with Seth, god of storms.

    As such, the hippopotamus was a common figure depicted in Egyptian art. It was portrayed in amulets worn by pregnant women. The hippo was also represented by figurines fashioned from ground quartz using a process known as faience.

    These figures, often about four inches tall by about seven inches long, were usually used as grave goods, serving as protective figures for one’s journey through the Nile into the afterlife.

    The faience hippopotami were often decorated with lotus flowers, reeds, and other plants found living along the Nile, and were usually in turquoise blue.

    Ideal as a small history gift.


    Product code: cmcr80340
    Exhibition: Sunken cities: Egypt's lost worlds
    World culture: Ancient Egypt
    Materials: Pewter
    Size: 4cm x 1.5cm x 1cm
    Weight: 0.03kg
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