Amulet of Taweret
Ancient Egyptian women wore amulets of birth gods to protect them during and immediately after childbirth. One of these birth gods, a female deity often known as Taweret, was shown with the head and body of a hippopotamus, lion's paws, and a stylized crocodile hanging down her back. Her male counterpart, commonly called Bes, usually appeared frontally. In early Dynasty 18, artists depicted Bes with a human face and a lion's body and mane.
- Medium: Faience
- Place Made: Egypt
- Dates: ca. 1539-1478 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: XVIII Dynasty
- Period: New Kingdom
- Dimensions: 1 1/4 x 5/8 x 1/8 in. (3.2 x 1.6 x 0.3 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 37.967E
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Amulet of Taweret, ca. 1539-1478 B.C.E. Faience, 1 1/4 x 5/8 x 1/8 in. (3.2 x 1.6 x 0.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.967E. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Good (78%)