The British Museum and British Museum Shop use cookies to ensure you have the best browsing experience, to improve functionality and to make advertising relevant to you and your interests. The mascot, of sorts, for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A fun souvenir of the British Museum’s ancient Egyptian … A symbol. ... Egyptian Blue Hippo, Small . £9.99. So Adorable! Three different examples of "William" the Blue Hippo. Standing William is a reproduction of an actual artifact in the Egyptian Gallery and was named "William" in 1931 by an Englishman and his family and the name just stuck. The mascot, of sorts, for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. British Museum Top 20 15-2 Blue Egyptian Hippo Close Up [24 of 30] 15. Blue faience hippos were often found in tombs as they were thought to serve as protective figures for the deceased’s journey through the Nile and into the afterlife. Miniature museum replica of an Ancient Egyptian Hippo in Bright Blue after ceramic originals in museums from the Middle Kingdom period. "William", also known as "William the Hippo", is an Egyptian faience hippopotamus statuette from the Middle Kingdom, now in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, where it serves as an informal mascot of the museum. Hippopotamus Egypt, Dynasty 12, ca. This hippo has been decorated with marsh plants and flowers symbolic of its habitat. This bright-blue Egyptian faience hippopotamus, depicted ambling along, seems to slip into the water amids the water plants that form its … Blue Egyptian Hippo - 1800 BC. The largest Egyptian sculpture in the British Museum represents one of Egypt's greatest kings: Ramesses II, 'ruler of rulers', who reigned through most of the 13th century BC. £60.00 Egyptian Cat Replica . Here is a close up of the very small blue hippopotamus … Exclusive Diocletian Stela Replica . Bright-blue Egyptian faience figures of hippopotami such as this were placed in the tombs of high-ranking civil servants toward the end of the Middle Kingdom. 1981-1885 B.C.E.Gift of Edward S. Harkness, 1917 (17.9.1) To the earliest Egyptians, the herds of hippopotamuses that inhabited the swamps along the edges of the Nile River, presented a constant danger. So Adorable! In 1931, a British author named Capt. Miniature statue comes in a sateen lined gift presentation box. £200.00. Soon, the Museum began selling prints featuring the hippo. This web page complements a small article of the same title, reproduced in 'Inscriptions' Volume 8 (p. 8), the Newsletter of the Friends of the Egypt Centre, Swansea [August 2001 PDF]. Hippo T-shirt from the British Museum Shop; Hippo Ornament from the Brooklyn Museum Shop; Blue Hippo: Heads or Tails? Size: 4"L x 2"W x 1.5"D The Egyptian sculpture gallery is also home to the sarcophagus of Nectanebo II, Egypt's last true pharaoh. Standing William is a reproduction of an actual artifact in the Egyptian Gallery and was named "William" in 1931 by an Englishman and his family and the name just stuck. While the Museum’s scholars knew that the statue was a funerary object, it was also pretty charming. Three different examples of "William" the Blue Hippo. H. M. Raleigh visited The Met, and wrote a funny article for Punch magazine wherein he dubbed the hippo “William.” The name stuck. This is a cute 3in china figurine of William the Famous Blue Hippo from the Metropolitan Museum of Art- it is in excellent condition!!