Amulet of Taweret

Late Period, Dynasty 26
688–525 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Ancient town near Tell Dafana


Height: 3.1 cm (1 1/4 in.)

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Jewelry, The Ancient World



Amulet of blue-green glazed faience, now heavily worn. Full-length, standing/striding figure of the minor goddess Taweret on a base. Taweret is 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 (which acts like a back pillar in this piece). Ring fashioned at back for suspension.

Comprises as set with: 87.614, 87.616-87.624.


From the ancient town near Tell Dafana (Daphnae). 1886: Excavated by William Matthew Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund; assigned to the Egypt Exploration Fund by the government of Egypt; 1887: given to the MFA by the Egypt Exploration Fund.
(Accession Date: June 24, 1887)

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription