Oriental Institute, University of Chicago, OIM 10707
Dynasties 12-17, ca. 1991-1668 B.C.
Purchased in Cairo, 1919
For unknown reasons, small figures of hippopotamuses, their legs often
broken to render them immobile, were deposited in coffins of the Middle
Kingdom. Most are decorated with aquatic motifs that are thought to refer
to rebirth in the afterlife.
» 1 : Hippopotamus
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