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Egyptian Lapis Lazuli Tawaret Amulet

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Seller: ancient_art4wuz (10,098) 100%, Location: London, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 232157953448 Egyptian Lapis Lazuli Tawaret AmuletA lapis lazuli amulet of the goddess Taweret with flat back, hands at belly, hippopotamus head and crocodile tail to the rear; suspension ring to the top. Repaired. 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.Late Period, 664-332 B.C.Provenance: From an important collection of the 20th century.Height: 3.6 cm Condition: very fine

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