From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Tomb of Henettawy F (MMA 59), MMA excavations, 1923–24
Cord: Diam. ca. 10 cm (3 15/16 in.)
Rogers Fund, 1925
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 126
This is one of three necklaces of two-ply linen found around the neck of Henettawy’s mummy. Instead of beads, the linen has been knotted at regular intervals, with six Taweret amulets of red and yellow breccia added. A composite of three of the most dangerous animals in the Egyptian landscape — the hippopotamus, crocodile, and lion -- Taweret was a household deity whose principal role was to protect mothers from harm during pregnancy and childbirth.
Museum excavations 1923–24. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1925.