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Egyptian - Taweret - Walters 481539 - Three Quarter

Egyptian - Taweret - Walters 481539 - Three Quarter

 
 
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Taweret, meaning "the Great" (Greek version: Thoeris), is the name of a goddess who is depicted as a standing upright pregnant hippopotamus with a crocodile back and tail, lion paws, and in most cases human arms. Taweret is a protective deity, particularly connected to pregnancy and birth. Amulets in the shape of Taweret became popular in the Third Intermediate period.
This figure is large for an amulet and displays the goddess wearing a long wig and modius (calathos) with uraei (cobra serpents) on her head. While the standard posture of Taweret is with her arms hanging down beside her body, this figure shows her right arm resting on her belly. And the glaze is almost gone. It is very difficult to read what the original color of the glaze was.

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Walters Art Museum
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