Amulet figurine depicting the goddess Tawaret
- Object Number: 1959.P.54
- Simple Name: amulet
- Full Name: figurine
- Production Place: Egypt
- Creation, production or manufacture details: modelled
- Production Period:
- Summary: Amulet figurine depicting the goddess Tawaret. Made from grey-green faience. The figure depicts Taweret with the head of a hippopotamos and stands on a small, elliptical base and has a pierced ring at the back through which a chord would have been drawn to form a necklace.
- Terms:egyptian faience
- Terms:101 Ceramic Highlights
- Credit: Gift of Mr. M. Hewitt
- Additional Notes: The figure represents Tawaret, the goddess of childbirth and fertility. She is often depicted part lion, crocodile or hippo. There were three of the fiercest animals of the Egyptian world and the violently protective nature of the mother hippo would have been well known. Amulets like this were popular and worn in both life and death to ward off danger and bad luck. It may be this amulet was intended for use by expectant mothers.
- Contact: Potteries Museum and Art Gallery