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Taweret Amulet

Period:
Late Period
Dynasty:
Dynasty 26–29
Date:
664–332 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt
Medium:
Faience
Dimensions:
H. 5.1 cm (2 in)
Credit Line:
Gift of Darius Ogden Mills, 1904
Accession Number:
04.2.365
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 127
Taweret and other closely related goddesses were created from a blending of lion, hippo, crocodile, and human attributes. The three animals were some of the fiercest species found in ancient Egypt and combining their strengths produced a most potent deity and therefore amulet. Taweret's particular responsibility was the protection of women during pregnancy and childbirth. She is often portrayed leaning on a sa symbol. Her representation was sometimes used on tomb walls or funerary equipment to protect the deceased during rebirth.
Collection of Judge Elbert E. Farman, formed when he was U.S. consul general in Egypt 1876–84. Donated to the museum by Darius Ogden Mills, New York, in 1904.

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