Single-Strand Necklace with Taweret Amulets
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
In Egyptian art, one symbol could represent both a trait and its opposite. The hippopotamus could represent great danger and chaos or, alternatively, fertility and protection in childbirth. The statuette of a male hippopotamus could represent the god Seth, who embodied danger, chaos, and disorder in the world. Yet the rare limestone statuette of hippopotami mating perhaps served as a symbol that preserved the fertility of the earth. And a necklace consisting of images of the female hippopotamus goddess Taweret could protect a woman in labor.
ca. 1332-1292 B.C.E.
late Dynasty 18 (probably)
3/4 x 8 1/16 x 3/16 in. (1.9 x 20.5 x 0.4 cm) (show scale)
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Gift of Mrs. Lawrence Coolidge and Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss, and the Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Single-Strand Necklace with Taweret Amulets, ca. 1332-1292 B.C.E. Faience, 3/4 x 8 1/16 x 3/16 in. (1.9 x 20.5 x 0.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Lawrence Coolidge and Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss, and the Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 48.66.42. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 48.66.42_PS2.jpg)
overall, 48.66.42_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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Single strand faience necklace. In center single dark blue glazed Thueris amulet; on each side, separated by groups of ten small, blue and blue-green glazed disk beads, six smaller Thueris amulets in light and dark blue, green and purple (?) glaze. At each end a larger group of the same disk beads.
Condition: Glaze on some amulets slightly worn. Otherwise intact.
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