This blue-turquoise hippopotamus was inspired by an Egyptian antique on display in the Louvre.
Hippopotamus hunting is represented on the walls of tombs from the time of the pyramids until the time when Alexander entered Egypt.
Certain ritual objects bear witness to the same concern: in Tutankhamen's tomb, for example, two statuettes of the king standing on a papyrus basket and harpooning the invisible enemy were found.
The most original translation of this myth can be found at the very beginning of the First Theban Empire (or Middle Kingdom) in some tombs that yielded very realistic figures of hippopotamuses. They are represented either in the attitude of a hunted animal, with its mouth wide open in pain because it has been pierced by a harpoon, or walking on the bottom of the water. In the latter case, it remains harmless and must remain so. It must therefore be kept underwater and, to do this, the aquatic flora that hinders it like a net has been painted on its limbs. On his back, which evokes the surface of the water, we can sometimes make out the drawing of butterflies or dragonflies and often the image of a lotus heart emerging from the basin, ready to give birth to the sun, since any evil obstacle is thus kept at the bottom of the abyss.
The blue-turquoise colour, a stone so characteristic of Egypt, extracted from the Sinai mines, is beneficial par excellence and also recalls the eastern horizon where the sun bathes before its birth.