lunes, 4 de mayo de 2015

This little figurine of a hippopotamus

This little figurine of a hippopotamus has a horn-shaped protrusion on its back and is carved from a single piece of ivory, perhaps a hippopotamus tusk. The protrusion on the back has been hollowed out and has a row of perforations on the upper edge. It is not clear whether such objects were intended to be containers of some sort. The horn-shaped protrusion is usually rather small and not completely hollowed out. They are more likely to be magical objects or decorative elements.


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