Amulet of Taweret
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
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.
ca. 1539-1478 B.C.E.
1 1/4 x 5/8 x 1/8 in. (3.2 x 1.6 x 0.3 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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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
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