Hippopotamus of the Nile Valley
Among the Egyptians, the incarnation of a god in an animal was not by chance.
The hippopotamus was feared for its enormous size, voracity and unpredictability. The Egyptians were keen observers and had noticed the animal's contradictory behaviour. While he was able to defeat the Nile crocodile, himself the incarnation of the god Sobek, the female of the latter showed a great sense of maternal instinct. She was therefore very quickly venerated as the goddess of fertility and family, "Thouéris", the Great, represented standing and pregnant.
We will find the male especially in the tombs of the Middle Kingdom represented in a humpback circle, carved in stone or blue-green earthenware, peacefully lying down, sitting with his mouth wide open or like this one standing, so that he protects the deceased; but the Egyptians will take care to break three legs so that he does not turn against him in one of his excess anger.
Original work on display at the National Museum in Cairo, Egypt
Period 2000 BC, Middle Kingdom
Made by French craftsmen, this reproduction of Egyptian work is made of engobed and enamelled terracotta.
- Museum :
- Musée du Louvre
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- Model dimensions :
- 18 cm x 7 cm x 10 cm
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