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    Posted 3 years ago

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    I'm not sure if this is Bitossi or not. I don't recognize the signature under it, but it is decorated like the Bitossi hippos i've seen - w/ a faience-colored glaze and ancient egyptian depictions of Nile River flora.

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    1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
      I think it reads MMA. I believe they were made not by Bitossi but by Zaccagnini. It is a repro of an ancient Egyptian piece in the Met called William.

      William the Faience Hippopotamus.
      È la copia di un ippopotamo egiziano, del medio regno, penso ne abbiano fatto gadget in tutto il mondo.

      They have been making copies since the 50’s.
    2. BHIFOS BHIFOS, 3 years ago
      He looks very sad.
    3. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 3 years ago
      probably because he just found out he was a repro!!
    4. vintagelamp vintagelamp, 3 years ago
      Love it repro or not!
    5. lizzycbw lizzycbw, 3 years ago
      I have one very much the same. Bought by my son at the British Museum when he was a little lad, 20 something years ago. Part of the Egyptian collection

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