Description This figure of a hippopotamus has a platform on its back. The hooves are indicated schematically. A ridge suggests the eyes. File marks remain on the surface of the dense ivory. There are some cracks and the snout is partly broken off. The style of the carving is unusual. The platform here may imitate the hollowed projections for ointments on the backs of other hippopotamuses of the period.
Provenance MacGregor Collection [date and mode of acquisition unknown] [lot 708]; Dikran Kelekian, New York and Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1923, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1923
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