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MM 16000 :: Palette, Toilette object

Object description
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.
Inventory number
MM 16000
Object
Palette; Toilette object
Object, Swedish
Palett; Toalettartikel
Country - Findspot
Egypt : Africa
Country, Swedish - Findspot
Egypten
Material
Stone; Greywacke [?]; Schist [?]
Material, Swedish
Sten; Gråvacka [?]; Glimmerskiffer [?]
Exhibitions

Permanent exhibition, Egyptian galleries, Medelhavsmuseet

5000 år Egyptisk konst, Nationalmuseum, Stockholm 1961, nr11

Description, Swedish
Kosmetisk palett, romb-formad. Inristad dekoration som visar flodhästjakt. Till höger finns en man, ståendes i en båt, han har just harpunerat en flodhäst vilken kan ses längre till höger. En lång åra utgår från aktern ned i vattnet. Längst till vänster finns en annan flodhäst, till höger om vilken finns en gasell som attackeras av en hyena.
Description
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.
Condition
Complete
Period
Naqada I (4000-3500 BC), Predynastic Period
Period, Swedish
Naqada I (4000-3500 f Kr), Fördynastisk tid
Name - Photographer
Ljungkvist, Anders
Description
Anders Ljungkvist.
Source - http
collections.smvk.se
Medelhavsmuseet 2013
Description
Medelhavsmuseet 2013 represents pictures taken in 2013 by Ove Kaneberg, Karl Zetterström or Tony Sandin. In 2008 a new strategy of photographing objects started and this continued in 2013.
Source - http
collections.smvk.se
Exhibition - Current
Egypten, 2014-
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Description

The history of Egypt is long, from the first settlements in the Nile Valley around 7000 years ago to the present day. Egypt was for a long period of time ruled by autocratic kings – the pharaohs. At other times, it was part

of larger empires such as the Persian, Roman and Ottoman.

The pharaonic culture was characterised by high conservatism.

Things were – and should be – as they always had been.

Old traditions and ways of thinking lived on, long after the last pharaohs.

They were present in the customs and traditions of the Middle Ages and are present in Egypt today.

Welcome on a walk through the history of Egypt!

Time - Start
2013
Exhibition, Part of - Current
New Egypt, 1, Egypt takes form
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Exhibition, showcase - Current
Egypten 1.10
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Exhibition - Previously
Egypten, 1982-2012
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Description

The Egyptian exhibition shows various aspects of life in Pharaonic Egypt from 3000 BC to the Christian era. There are also many objects from the prehistoric period, starting around 5000 BC. Most of the objects came to Sweden in the late 19:century, and have been donated to the museum from private collections.

The Egyptian Exhibition contains, in addition to mummified humans, also mummies of cats, birds, fishes and snakes. The Goddess Isis with the child Horus in her lap meets the visitors as they enter the exhibition. The pose she holds occurs commonly in western art where the Virgin Mary with the child Jesus often is portrayed in the same position.

A portrait of the well-known pharaoh Sesostris was donated to Sweden by the Egyptian government in recognition both of Swedish participation when the Assuan-dam was built and of professor Torgny Säve-Söderbergh as an internationally well-known Egyptologist. (www.medelhavsmuseet.se, 2010-09-01)

The exhibition was made already in 1982. In 2002 there was a change, several of the galleries (4-8) on the upper floor were closed.

Time - Start
1982
Time - End
2012
Exhibition, Part of - Previously
Egyptian gallery 2, showcase 02:11
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Egypt, Number in Exhibition
8
Egyptenutställningen 2014, English - Label

This palette shows the oldest known depiction of a hippopotamus hunt. A man, probably a ruler, is standing in a boat having hit a hippopotamus with a harpoon. To

the left are a hyena and a gazelle and to the far left is

an additional hippopotamus. Depictions of wild game hunt were primarily meant to symbolise power and the dominion over wild forces and chaos. Game meat constituted only a small part of the diet.

Comments
Search for additional pictures.
Egyptenutställningen 2014, Swedish - Label

På denna palett finns världens äldsta kända avbildning av en flodhästjakt. Bilden visar en man, troligen en härskare, i en båt. Han har träffat en flodhäst med en

harpun. Till vänster finns en hyena och en gasell, och allra längst till vänster ytterligare en flodhäst. Avbildningar av jakt på vilda djur symboliserade makt över det vilda och kaotiska. Kött av vilda djur utgjorde endast en mycket liten del av födan.

Cf_Publications

ASAE 48, 383

Baumgartel, E., The Cultures of Prehistoric Egypt I, London 1947, pl. 6 (Incised hippo on red vase)

Steindorff, G., Aniba I, Hamburg 1937, pl. 75

Wolf, Kunst Ägyptens?, BMRAH 1935, 134 f.

Expedition Ernst Sieglen , Leipzig 1913, Band II 3 Teil, Taf. 8

Petrie, W.M.F. & Quibell, J.E., “Nagada and Ballas 1895” BSAE 11896, pl. LI.

Publications

Davis, W., The Canonical Tradition in Egyptian Art, Cambridge , Mass., 1989, 138

BIFAO 85, 1985, pl. XXXIII, no 4

Medelhavsmuseet-En Introduktion, Stockholm 1982, 14.

Basch, Les bateaux corbeilles, CRIPEL IV, Lille 1976, fig. 2

Propyläen Kunstgeschichte vol 13 (1974), 247, fig. 23

Landström, B., Ships of the Pharaohs: 4000 years of Egyptian shipbuilding, Stockholm 1970, 12

5000 år Egyptisk konst. Nationalmusei utställningskatalog nr 265, Stockholm 1961, no 11

Asselberghs, H., Chaos en Beheersing: Documenten uit aeneolithisch Egypte, Leiden 1961, nr 69

Behrmann, A., Das Nilpferd, Part 1, dok. 21

PhotoNegNo
Dig. neg. MM16000a Museum neg.3843
Reference - Published in
Bjurström, Per (eds.) (1961) 5000 år egyptisk konst: [utställning] Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, 16 september - 19 november 1961 / red. av Per Bjurström ; översättningarna ha utförts a C. Nylander och G. Carsjö. Stockholm: Nationalmuseum
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Source - http
libris.kb.se
Medelhavsmuseet Föremål i urval
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Source - http
libris.kb.se
Length / Längd
33 cm
Width / Bredd
10 cm
Thickness / Tjocklek
2 cm
Dimensions
L. 33 cm, W. 10 cm, T. 2 cm
Need of treat
1
Date - Registration
1997-02-03; 2013-10-22