5 December 2012
AN EGYPTIAN GREYWACKE TAWERET
LATE PERIOD, DYNASTY XXVI, 664-525 B.C.
The hippopotamus-headed composite deity depicted striding forward with the left leg advanced, upon a rectangular integral plinth, the arms held along side her pregnant abdomen, the lappets of her tripartite wig atop her pendulous breasts, her broad collar in between, her broad muzzle with the teeth exposed, the hatched crocodile tail along the back, a ribbed suspension loop between the shoulders
4 1/8 in. (10.5 cm.) high
Art Market, U.S. or Europe, circa 1969-early 1970s.
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Taweret was the patron goddess of women in childbirth and was one of the most popular household deities. For a large statue of the goddess in the Cairo Museum see p. 185 in Wilkinson, The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt.
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