A Prehistoric Hippo Hunt, Naqada Bowl

A Prehistoric Hippo Hunt, Naqada Bowl

Reproduction of a prehistoric white cross-lined ware bowl from the Naqada period (c. 3700-3450 BC).
A man wearing a penis-sheath and an animal’s tail can be seen holding two cords attached to harpoons now embedded in the face of the large hippo that faces him. A second smaller hippo, behind the first, shares the same fate. The zig zag patterns represent the landscape the hunt is taking place within.