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Egyptian Figure Of Tawaret - GDC.002
Origin: Sinai
Circa: 600 BC to 500 BC
Dimensions: 6.75" (17.1cm) high
Collection: Egyptian
Style: Late Kingdom
Condition: Extra Fine

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Tawaret("The Great One"; also rendered as Taurt, Taueret, Ta-weret, Taweret, Thoeris, Opet, Apet, Rert, or Reret) was a popular deity in ancient Egyptian mythology. She was a household deity who protected women during pregnancy and childbirth, in conjunction with another deity, Bes. Pregnant women wore amulets with her name or likeness.She was depicted as an amalgam of human and animal: roughly humanoid and standing upright, but having the head of a hippopotamus with the arms and legs of a lion, the back and tail of a crocodile, and the pendulous breasts and large stomach of a pregnant woman. She was described as the "mistress of the horizon" when she was depicted on the ceiling of the tomb of Seti I in the Valley of the Kings. As the hippopotamus was associated with the Nile, she was also seen as a goddess of seasonal rebirth, the annual flooding of the Nile, and harvests - (GDC.002)

 

 

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