Reproduction of an Egyptian antiquity found in the tomb of Tutankhamen exposed in the Louvre
This ceramic object is inspired by a scene of hippopotamus hunt. From the age of the Pyramids until the arrival of Alexander the Great in Egypt, hippopotamus hunts were depicted on the walls of tombs. Some ritual objects illustrate the same concern; two statuettes of Tutankhamen on a papyrus carrycot and spearing the invisible enemy were found in the king's tomb. They are showed as tracked down animals, mouth wide open with pain and pierced by harpoons, or walking at the bottom of the rivers. In the last case, it is harmless and is to stay this way. It must thus be maintained under water. For this purpose, aquatic plants are painted on his limbs to trap it like a net. The colour turquoise, the characteristic stone of Egypt and extracted from the Sinai mines, is a symbol for the power of good and recalls the eastern horizon where the sun bathes before its birth.