Casting mould. Soapstone. The mould was probably used for casting dress pins using an overlay technique. Dress pins of this kind were usually gilded with silver or gold. Björkö, Adelsö, Uppland, Sweden.
Hippopotamus: Early Dynastic Period ca. 3100–2649 B.C. Egypt, Northern Upper Egypt, Abydos (Umm el-Qaab, Tell el-Manshiya, others), Osiris Temple M89; Medium:Egyptian alabaster. On display in Gallery 964 of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.