Taweret (the Great One) was a goddess popular among women and was thought to protect them in childbirth. Her association with childbirth may derive from her unusual physique: the head and body of a hippopotamus, pendulous human breasts, the paws of a lion and the tail of a crocodile. Thought to instill fear in malevolent forces and ward them off, amulets bearing her likeness were intended to prevent childhood illness and death. Likewise, her image appeared on many instruments used by midwives during childbirth, such as apotropaic ivory wands. Amulets of Taweret have been found placed on the diaphragm, stomach and feet of mummies.
Dimensions: Length: 1 1/8 inches (2.9 cm)
Condition: Intact and in excellent condition overall.
Provenance: Metropolitan Museum of Art deaccession, number 16.117, acquired in the 1970s.