Amulet of Taweret

Egyptian
Late Period, Dynasty 30
380–332 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, San-el-Hagar

Dimensions

Height: 4.8 cm (1 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

85.565

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

Dull brown, no glaze. Standing figure of Taweret holding a girdle tie. Front of head broken off (missing).

Amulet of dull brownish faience with no traces of glaze remaining. Full-length, standing figure of the minor goddess Taweret, a deity primarily known as a protector of mothers and children, particularly during childbirth. The amulet depicts her characteristic form, though somewhat stylized: head and body of a (likely pregnant) hippo, pendulous breasts, leonine paws, and crocodile tail. Her paws rest upon the hieroglyphic sign for “protection” (sA). Front, upper portion of head broken off and missing.

Provenance

From Tanis (San el-Hagar). 1884: excavated by William Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund; assigned to the Egypt Exploration Fund in the division of finds by the government of Egypt; October 28, 1885: presented to the MFA at EEF general meeting.
(Accession Date: March 1, 1885)

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription