Egyptian Hippopotamus Plaque from the Mustaki Collection
A hippopotamus-form scaraboid in steatite. The hippopotamus reclines, with legs stretched out to one side, and with his head raised. On the underside is depicted a recumbent lion over a neb-sign, with a sun disc over the lion’s back: a cryptic writing of Amun.
Date: Circa 13th-10th century BC Period: Late New Kingdom Provenance: From the Gustave Mustaki collection, a collector of antiquities who amassed large collection in Alexandria (Egypt). Condition: Very fine condition.
As an avid collector in the early 20th century, Mustaki amassed a collection of antiquities from Alexandria in Egypt, and his collection came to the UK under Egyptian license in 1947. Many of the pieces are in major museums worldwide, including the British Museum, the Getty Museum, and the Egyptian State Museum. We have purchased over 1,700 scarabs from this collection and this item has been catalogued by Carol Andrews (formerly of the British Museum’s Egyptian Department).
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