Sunday, February 20, 2011

Egyptian Faience Hippopotamus

Egyptian Faience Hippopotamus

This watercolor is based on a faience hippo figurine from the 13th Dynasty of Ancient Egypt.

Egyptian faience was made by mixing crushed quartz or sand with copper salts and a binder like lime or resin. When a figurine was fired at a low temperature, the copper salts turned into a glaze, creating a green or blue hue. It was one of the earliest forms of glass making.


I saw this hippo at the St Louis Art museum on a trip we took March 2009.





2 comments:

  1. THIS IS SO GOOD COLLEEENNNN!!!!
    Love,
    Natalie :)

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