Necklace with 6 Taweret amulets, Linen, breccia

Necklace with 6 Taweret amulets

Third Intermediate Period
late Dynasty 21
ca. 1000–945 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Tomb of Henettawy F (MMA 59), MMA excavations, 1923–24
Linen, breccia
Cord: Diam. ca. 10 cm (3 15/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1925
Accession Number:
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.

Aston, David 2009. Burial Assemblages of Dynasty 21–25: Chronology – Typology – Developments. Contributions to the chronology of the Eastern Mediterranean, vol. 21, Denkschriften der Gesamtakademie, 56. Vienna: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, p. 198.