A carnelian amulet of the Egyptian goddess Taweret (also known as Thoueris) depicted as a pregnant hippopotamus. She stands in profile on a rectangular base with a suspension loop to the reverse.
Date: Circa 404-323 BC Period: Late Dynastic Period Provenance: property of a North London gentleman; formerly in an early 20th century collection. Condition: Very fine. Professionally repaired to the base.
Thoeris, also known as ‘Tawaret’ was an Egyptian deity who attended women in childbirth, and became a patron for pregnant women accordingly. She is often shown standing as a heavily pregnant hippopotamus with low hanging stomach. She was a household deity with no temple dedicated to her, but some form of shrine was in almost every house. Many women carried an amulet like this to assist them with labour and child rearing.
The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.