3 thoughts on “Another hippo for Bilby”

  1. Oh, Isobel, he is my kind of hippo! Delightful and not pink! I love him. History, please?

  2. Egyptian. Faience. Go to http://www.scva.org.uk, He’s on the front page. A must see object.

    Dynasty XII; c. 1880 BC
    Faience (ceramic)
    Height: 18.4 cm
    Acquired: 1950
    UEA 306

    Hippopotami were feared animals in ancient Egypt, their great bulk capable of destroying crops and trampling anything in their path. This irresistible ceramic hippo would have been used to ward off danger and was probably placed in a grave to protect the tomb and assist in the re-birth of the deceased.

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