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Highlights of Manchester Museum, No. 4: HIPPO BOWL
Highlights of Manchester Museum, No. 4: HIPPO BOWL

Dr. Campbell Price takes a closer look at one of the Manchester Museum’s most popular objects.

Campbell Price

This Predynastic Period ceramic bowl (22cm indiameter) is frequently illustrated in postcards andpublications and is held in special affection by Manchester Museum staff and visitors. However, the charming appearance of the bowl and the seemingly benign character of the four hippopotami decorating its rim belie the fact that it represents a powerful magical object.

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