Amulet of the goddess Taweret

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At A Glance

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  • Period

    ca. 1075-656 BCE
  • Geography

  • Material

    Faience (glazed composition)
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 6 x 2 x 2.4 cm (2 3/8 x 13/16 x 15/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Amulet of the hippopotamus goddess, Taweret, modeled in the round. Both legs broken at the thighs; left hand missing. She takes the form of a female hippopotamus standing upright on her hind legs. She has a rounded stomach and very pendulous breasts. She wears a tri-partite wig, the back portion of which ends in a crocodile tail. The suspension loop is attached in back at the point where the wig is transformed into a crocodile tail. She strides with her left leg forward, arms held at her sides.
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
  • Provenance

    To 1906-1907
    Unidentified owner, Egypt, to 1906-1907 [1]
    From 1906-1907 to 1919
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased in Egypt from an unidentified owner in the winter of 1906-1907 [2]
    From 1920
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]
    [1] See Original Pottery List, L. 1841, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
    [2] See note 1.
    [3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Lang Freer
  • Type

    Jewelry and Ornament
  • On View

    Freer Gallery 20: A Collector’s Eye: Freer in Egypt
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