Revisiting the Ashmolean Hippo
Posted by episode81 on October 15, 2010
A little over a year ago, I wrote about my failed attempt to visit the Ashmolean Hippo. After the crushing disappointment, I checked, rechecked and then checked again to make sure the Hippo would be available to greet his public during my visit. I was assured that he was on display.
Rather than staying across the street from the Museum again, I decided to stay in a rather fabulous stately home, Eynsham Hall. Wow! Very nice! The room had a great view over the grounds, and there was a double rainbow. I just took a picture and didn’t, well, you know. Go crazy. But it was intense 🙂
Anywho, I digress …
I wanted to get to the museum as soon as possible, just in case they were planning to shut the gallery and dust the shelves. You just never know.
The museum was open, the gallery wasn’t closed and there was the Hippo. Woot!
The most astonishing thing has happened. The Hippo has grown! I last saw him in the flesh (er, terracotta) 15 years ago and I remember him being about the size of an average orange. He is actually more like a large grapefruit. More to love. He is still quite the most splendid hippo I have ever seen.