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Amulet pendant

  • Object:

    Pendant

  • Place of origin:

    Egypt (made)

  • Date:

    1400BC-400BC (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold

  • Credit Line:

    Wallis Bequest

  • Museum number:

    M.32-1963

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 2, shelf A, box 3

Protective amulets taking the shape of gods, animals or various symbols were often placed in tombs. In Ancient Egypt, gold was the colour of divinity. Taweret was the goddess of maternity and childbirth, who protected women and children. She was depicted as a combination of a hippopotamus, a crocodile and a lion, all of these animals were fierce when protecting their young. Amulets of Taweret were popular, used by expectant mothers. In the Book of the Dead, Taweret was also seen as a goddess who guided the dead into the afterlife. Many of the deities relating to birth also appear in the undeworld to help with the rebirth of the souls into their life after death.

Physical description

Amulet pendant of Taweret, the hippopotamus goddess

Place of Origin

Egypt (made)

Date

1400BC-400BC (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Gold

Dimensions

Height: 4.2 cm, Width: 1.5 cm, Depth: 0.3 cm

Descriptive line

Pendant, gold, in the form of Thoeris, a hippopotamus goddess, Egypt, Ptolemaic, 4th-1st century BC

Labels and date

Amulet pendant of Taweret, the hippopotamus goddess associated with childbirth
Egypt, about 1400-400 BC (New Kingdom-Late Period)
Sheet gold, embossed and chased
Possibly part of a necklace
Museum no. M.32-1963
Bequeathed by E.H. Wallis []

Production Note

New Kingdom-Late Period

Materials

Gold

Techniques

Embossed; Chased

Subjects depicted

Deities; Hippopotamuses

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork; Religion; Africa; Birth

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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