Description Taweret, meaning "the Great" (Greek version: Thoeris), is the name of a goddess who is depicted as a standing upright pregnant hippopotamus with a crocodile back and tail, lion paws, and in most cases human arms. Taweret is a protective deity, particularly connected to pregnancy and birth. Amulets in the shape of Taweret became popular in the Third Intermediate period. This figure is large for an amulet and displays the goddess wearing a long wig and modius (calathos) with uraei (cobra serpents) on her head. While the standard posture of Taweret is with her arms hanging down beside her body, this figure shows her right arm resting on her belly. And the glaze is almost gone. It is very difficult to read what the original color of the glaze was.
Examined in preparation for exhibition.
Examined and cleaned in preparation for exhibition.
- Egypt’s Mysterious Book of the Faiyum. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2013-2014.
Provenance Maurice Nahman, Cairo [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1930, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1930
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