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


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.