An Egyptian Faience Taweret Amulet, Late Period, ca. 664 - 332 BCE
Taweret (the Great One) was a goddess popular among women and was thought to protect them in childbirth. Her association with childbirth may derive from her unusual physique: the head and body of a hippopotamus, pendulous human breasts, the paws of a lion and the tail of a crocodile. Thought to instill fear in malevolent forces and ward them off, amulets bearing her likeness were intended to prevent childhood illness and death. Likewise, her image appeared on many instruments used by midwives during childbirth, such as apotropaic ivory wands.
Thought to instill fear in malevolent forces and ward them off, amulets bearing her likeness were intended to prevent childhood illness and death. Likewise, her image appeared on many instruments used by midwives during childbirth, such as apotropaic ivory wands, beds, headrests, and cosmetic articles. Amulets of Taweret have been found placed on the diaphragm, stomach, and feet of mummies. This light green faience example, molded in the round, is typical of examples dating to the Late Period in Egypt.
Dimensions: Height: 1 3/8 inches (3.5 cm)
Condition: There are some minor chips to the glaze that do not detract otherwise the amulet is intact and in excellent condition overall. A very fine and beautiful example.
Provenance: Private Maryland collection of a diplomat, acquired while serving in Egypt between 1949 and 1956, and then by descent.
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