Egypte pharaonique   :|:   Document
 
The hunter Hippo
ref. : en.1053.2013 | 30 November 2013 | by Francis Leveque
palette | first half of IVe millennium BC
Egypte (Haute Egypte) ( Egypte )
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Cosmetic palette, rhomboid. Incised decoration showing the hunting of hippopotami. On the right is a man, standing in a boat, he has just harpooned a hippopotamus, which can be seen further to the right. A long oar is extended from the stern into the water. To the far left is another hippopotamus, to the right of which is a gazelle being attacked by a hyena.

Prehistoric Egypt, Naqada I, 4.000 - 3.500 BC. Provenance is unknown.

- Length : 33 cm
- Width : 10 cm
- Thickness : 2 cm

 
 
                 
 

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