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Kohl container in the form of a hippopotamus
ca. 1539-1075 B.C.E. or later


New Kingdom or later

Faience (glazed composition)
H: 3.0 W: 5.8 D: 4.0 cm
Egypt

Gift of Charles Lang Freer F1907.29

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The anthropomorphic female hippopotamus goddess Taweret was a particularly important deity for women, especially pregnant women, and children. This image therefore suits a cosmetic vessel.

The little hippopotamus pot combines elements of both the statuettes and votive bowls. Although it is a vessel and not a true statuette, the pot has the form of the hippopotamus carved in relief in such a way that the image stretches over the surface image of a tilapia fish, an image commonly found on both statuettes and bowls.