Two thousand years before Christ, Egyptians both feared and revered hippotami along the Nile so they fashioned brightly colored, quasi-religious pottery replicas. To ward off attack in the afterlife, the Egyptians often broke off the pottery sculpture’s snout and legs. On October 6, 2010, in London,Â Bonham’s will sell a rare piece with all its appendages.Â High end of estimated value is $190,000,
The animals once ranged along the Nile.Â Created somewhere between 1786-1590 BC, this glazed, blue hippo covered with evocative symbols stands slightly more than 2-inches tall and 5-inches long. Â It comes from a well known Egyptian family collection formed in the 1920’s and 30’s.
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