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  • Object of the Week 369: Figurine of a hippopotamus

    By Christopher J Wearden, on 30 November 2018

    Our blog this week is from Katie Davenport-Mackey, Museum Visitor Services Assistant at UCL Culture.

    This week’s blog focuses on a figurine of a hippopotamus (UC16780) on display in the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology. This is one of several figurines excavated by Sir William Mathew Flinders Petrie in 1889-1890 at the town associated with the pyramid of King Senwosret II. This figurine was treated with some attention and carefully honed into the shape of a hippopotamus but its original function is a matter of debate…

    Figurine of a hippopotamus (UC16780) illustrated by Antonio Barcellona

     

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