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Statue of Taweret
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Statue of Taweret

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Description Ancient Egyptians believed the goddess Taweret, whose name translates as "the Great One," offered protection to women during pregnancy and childbirth. She is represented as a hippopotamus with a swollen belly, pendulous human breasts, the limbs of a lion, and the back and tail of a crocodile. Taweret was a benevolent deity and was commonly depicted on amulets. Underscoring her function as a protector, she holds the hieroglyph "sa," meaning protection, in each hand, (the cartouches on her shoulders were added at a later date, and have so far escaped a definitive reading). Although her cult gained great importance, she had no temples of her own.
Date Description Narrative
10/25/2000Treatmentcleaned; repaired; loss compensation
  • Egypt’s Mysterious Book of the Faiyum. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2013-2014.
Provenance Dr. Eddé, Alexandria, Egypt; Eddé Collection Sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, May 31-June 2, 1911, no. 525; Henry Walters, Baltimore, [date of acquisition unknown] by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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ca. 180-100 BCE (Late Ptolemaic)
red granite
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H: 20 7/8 x W: 8 7/16 x D: 9 3/4 in. (53 x 21.5 x 24.7 cm)


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