Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History



  • Taweret, Late Period (ca. 712–332 b.c.)
    Egyptian
    Faience
    Gift of Darius Ogden Mills, 1904 (04.2.365)

    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.

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  • Taweret, Late Period (ca. 712–332 B.C.)
    Egyptian
    Faience
    Gift of Darius Ogden Mills, 1904 (04.2.365)

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