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Head of Taweret

Taweret, "The Great One," is a name applied to several goddesses sharing Egypt's most dramatic symbol of protective motherhood: a pregnant hippopotamus with leonine legs and a crocodilian back. Such goddesses were worshiped popularly as protectors of human birth and rebirth. They also had a place in state religion, where they could be the mother aspect of major goddesses and protectors of royal and divine births.

Catalogue Description:
Head of Thueris in haematite broken form a complete statuette of the goddess. Conventional type of hippopotamus head with slightly open mouth, tongue protruding. All surfaces polished. Workmanship is of extraordinary quality.

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