Egyptian Faience Hippo, Second Intermediate Period, 17th Dynasty 1650-1550 BC, Louvre, Paris.

Faience is a type of ceramic with a high concentration of quartz. When fired it turns a bright blue. While the Ancient Egyptians considered the male hippo very dangerous the female was thought to bring luck in maternity. The Lotus flower decorates the body and represents the river where the hippo lives.