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Egyptian Amulet of Taweret, 26th Dynasty, 664-525 BC

Egyptian Amulet of Taweret, 26th Dynasty, 664-525 BC


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Egyptian: Faience: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1448181
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Moldmade figurine of the hippopotamus-headed goddess Taweret, associated with the protection of pregnancy and child birth.
The beautifully detailed head with tripartite wig, the breasts sagging down the chest, her arms on the bulging belly. Taweret strides on a small rectangular base. The stylized tail down her back decorated with chevron-shaped incisions. Loop for suspension behind.
Taweret’s hybrid shape combines the head and the body of a hippopotamus, the limbs of a lion and the tail of a crocodile. These three most dangerous animals in Egypt were expected to scare away demons and other deadly creatures.
For the discussion of the amulet type, cf. pp. 60-61 in: Aurélia Masson. Scarabs, Scaraboids and Amulets. London 2018.
For a related example, cf. acc. no. 1987.282 in the British Museum database.
Egyptian, Late Period, 26th Dynasty, 664-525 BC
H. 4.1 cm (1.6 in)
H. with stand 6.1 cm (2.4 in)
Reconstituted from two pieces, complete. Nice modeling.
Swiss private collection, Rheinfelden, before 1980.

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