In 1917, The Metropolitan Museum of Art acquired a small ancient Egyptian faience hippopotamus. Created in a captivating blue, the little hippo quickly won people's hearts. He received his now-famous nickname, William, in 1931, and today he is the informal mascot of the Museum, beloved by museum-goers around the world.
A new display at The Met, Conversation between Two Hippos, celebrates the 100th anniversary of William's arrival at the Museum. In the installation William is juxtaposed with a ceramic hippo created about 4,000 years later by the American artist Carl Walters and recently acquired by The American Wing. The two hippos will be on view from September 12, 2017, through April 1, 2018, in gallery 107.
Whether you are planning to visit the hippos in person or celebrate William's centenary from afar, you can explore different aspects of his life and story on this page. More content about William will be added during September and October, so stay tuned!
A new display in gallery 107 commemorates the 100th anniversary of William's arrival at The Met.
In ancient Egypt, objects created with faience were considered magical. See this new essay from the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History.
Read fun facts about hippos and follow the clues to find four more hippos at The Met.