Egypt, Late Dynastic Period, 26th to 31st Dynasty, ca. 664 to 332 BCE. A mold-formed faience amulet of Tawaret (sometimes Tauret), the ancient Egyptian goddess of child birthing and protector or women, children, and the weak. Tawaret is a composite goddess with features of a lioness and crocodile, but primarily hippopotamus; all greatly feared but immensely-respected animals in ancient Egyptian beliefs. Covered in a soft turquoise-hued glaze the goddess presents, standing in a striding pose atop an integral plinth, with arms at her sides and her gaze affixed in a forward direction. A petite, laterally-drilled suspension loop on the verso was used to fashion a necklace or other accessory. Size: 0.75" W x 2.625" H (1.9 cm x 6.7 cm); 3.25" H (8.3 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: private Alabama, USA collection; ex-Roy Green collection
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Light overpainting to areas of face and arms, with nicks to base and body, fading to areas of original glaze pigmentation, and softening to some finer details. Light earthen deposits throughout.