Large bi-chrome faience amulet of the Goddess Tawaret.
Price: € 650,--
Size; 6 cm
Period: 3rd Intermediate Period
Condition: Head chipped
Provenance: Ex. Christies 1990's, Dutch collection
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.