Four Taweret Statues,, Late Period


Taweret at left:
Lion-headed Taweret
Late period, 664-332 B.C.E.
Carnelian or sard
Promised gift of Peter Gottesman,
in memory of George H. Gottesman
MMA L.2000.34.2
Taweret at center:
Amulet, Late Period, Dynasty 2629, 664332 BCE
Faience, 5.1 cm (2 in)
Gift of Darius Ogden Mills, 1904, MMA 04.2.365
Taweret at right:
Amulet, Late Period, Dynasty 2629, 664332 BCE
Faience, h. 9.5 cm (3 3/4 in)
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917, MMA 17.194.2236

Another view of carnelian Taweret:

Here is an especially beautifully crafted Taweret:

Statuette of the goddess Taweret
Egypt, Northern Upper Egypt, Qena (Quina, Kena; Kainepolis)
Macedonian and Ptolemaic Period, 33230 BCE
Glassy faience, 11 cm (4 5/16 in); w. 3.3 cm (1 5/16 in); d. 4.8 cm (1 7/8 in)
Purchase, Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1926, MMA 26.7.1193

Description from museum website:
"This beautifully crafted statue represents the classic form of the hippopotamus goddess Taweret, guardian of women, particularly in pregnancy and childbirth. It could have been given as a gift to a pregnant women or presented in a temple to invoke Taweret's aid in a successful birth. The figure's pendant breasts are those of a human female, and her protruding belly is that of a pregnant woman. In front of her she holds the hieroglyphic symbol for "protection," an explicit statement of her role in Egyptian life. The tang on her head may have once secured a headdress."


The Brooklyn museum has a relief and an amulet featuring Taweret