Amulet of Taweret

Egyptian
Late Period, Dynasty 25–30
760–332 B.C.


Dimensions

Height: 3.5 cm (1 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

72.2118

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

Amulet of blue glazed faience, some areas of brown encrustation. Full-length, standing/striding 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: head and body of a (likely pregnant) hippo, pendulous breasts, leonine paws, and crocodile tail. Ring at back for suspension. Bottom broken off just above knees and missing.

Provenance

By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.
(Accession Date: June 28, 1872)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way