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Egyptian Haematite Amulet of Taweret

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Seller: ancient_art4wuz (10,337) 99.6%, Location: London, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 232157967559 Egyptian Haematite Amulet of TaweretA haematite amulet of the goddess Taweret with hippopotamus head wearing tripartite wig; large body with hands to the stomach; crocodile tail to the rear; standing on a small base. Extremely fine condition. Taweret, also known as Theoris, Ipy and Reret, was the goddess of childbirth and a protector of women and children. Like Bes, she was considered to be a ferocious demon as well as a protective and nurturing deity. Her body was composed of a hippopotamus, lion and crocodile; animals which were feared by the Egyptians but also highly respected. By the Old Kingdom she was seen as a protective, rather than an aggressive force (just as female hippos came to be seen as aggressive largely in defence of their young). As a result, Taweret became a mother goddess and a patron of childbirth who was often described as the mother or wet nurse of the pharaoh. As time passed she soon became a household deity, helping rich and poor alike. When acting as a protective force Taweret is described as a goddess. She was thought to help women in labour and to ward off evil spirits and demons who intended harm to mother or baby. She was also thought to help with matters of female sexuality and pregnancy, and so she was often associated with the goddess Hathor. Expectant mothers often carried amulets, such as this one, depicting Taweret to invoke her protection. The name Taweret means 'The Great Mother.' Her popularity in Egypt continued into the Roman period, only to disappear with the coming of Christianity.Third Intermediate Period, 1069-702 B.C.Provenance: From a collection of the early 20th century.Height: 3.1 cm Condition: very fine, Type: Amulets, Material: Haematite

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