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Amulet of Taweret

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Amulet of pale green faience, no glaze. Full-length, standing figure of the minor goddess Taweret, a deity primarily known as a protector of mothers and children, particularly during childbirth. The amulet depicts her characteristic form: head and body of a (likely pregnant) hippo, pendulous...

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Provenance

By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way. (Accession date: June 28, 1872)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Egyptian, Late Period, Dynasty 25–30, 760–332 B.C.

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 4.7 x 1.4 x 1.5 cm (1 7/8 x 9/16 x 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

72.2116

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets