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Hippopotamus Figure

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1969W3636
Collection:Antiquities - Ancient Egypt
Date:1500 BC - 1000 BC


The hippopotamus was a symbol of the god Seth, the evil brother of Horus.Although they are no longer native to Egypt in ancient times hippopotami lived along the banks of the river Nile. Religious scenes often show the king spearing a hippopotamus, symbolic of the mythical fight between Horus and his brother Seth. On the other hand, in the form of the goddess Taweret, hippopotami signified fertility and protected pregnant women.

Presented by the Trustees of the Wellcome Trust, 1969.

Further Information

Production Period:New Kingdom
Place of Origin:Egypt
Place of Excavation:Egypt


Height:70 mm
Width:30 mm
Depth:40 mm