“Precaution”: Curator Isabel Stünkel Reveals the Met’s Unofficial Mascot

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Unbeknownst to many, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s unofficial mascot is a miniature ceramic hippopotamus from ancient Egypt. Isabel Stünkel, a curator of Egyptian Art at the Metropolitan, unpacks the symbolism and mythology of the small, brightly colored figurine. This video was produced by the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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