Thursday, August 10, 2006


Egyptian Faience Hippo, Second Intermediate Period, 17th Dynasty 1650-1550 BC, Louvre, Paris.

Faience is a type of ceramic with a high concentration of quartz. When fired it turns a bright blue. While the Ancient Egyptians considered the male hippo very dangerous the female was thought to bring luck in maternity. The Lotus flower decorates the body and represents the river where the hippo lives.


slatts said...
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slatts said...

"hotter that a blue pistol!"

Maybe that's why he's so DANGEROUS!

Teresa said...

I was so glad to have been directed to this website and have enjoyed many hours contemplating the art and art history provided by Martha. Now to find that some people are using this site to find an outlet for their immaturity makes me sad. Sadly, the lack of ability to discipline has led to the same lack of respect in our schools. Maybe it's time to bring back the rod so we can spare the child and society in general

Bill Hooker said...

That is beautiful. Oh my.

I read everything you post here, Martha, and while I often see things I like or admire (and learn to like and admire new things), I almost never see anything that I seriously want for my own. I don't usually want things, not even art.

But I want that hippo. Oh yes I do. I am *overcome* with stuff-lust. So beautiful, and four thousand years old...

Anonymous said...

I concur with Bill on that one. Beautiful, blue and Egyptian - and so ownable. My girlfriend picked up a pair of ceramic antique Indian elephants (about 70 years old) that remind me of this hippo. Makes you happy when you look at it. —ZAC

Martha said...

How about a Hippo Bank?

Bill Hooker said...

Makes you happy when you look at it.

That's it, that's it exactly.

It's ridiculous, but I really do want one of these Met reproductions.

(Ridiculous or not, I really do want the original; but I can't have it and even if I could I'd never let myself keep it anywhere but on permanent loan to a museum.)

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