Seller: wear-the-past (2,383) 99.8%, Location: Salisbury, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 372089543564 This is an ancient Egyptian turquoise glazed Faience amulet of the goddess Taweret, dating to the Ptolemaic period of the 4th - 1st century B.C. The fearsome hippopotamus goddess, Taweret (literally, “The Great One”), was an apotropaic (protective) goddess. She was responsible specifically for the protection of mothers and children, with her apotropaic powers being invoked most frequently during childbirth. Her predatory features — drawn from hippopotami, lionesses, and Nile crocodiles — were thought to instill fear in malevolent forces and ward them off. For this reason, amulets bearing her likeness were thought to help prevent childhood illness and death. Likewise, her image appeared on many instruments used by midwives during childbirth. In fact, since worship of Taweret was primarily maintained in household cults, her image was used on many household objects, both apotropaically and to show veneration. Amulets such as this example were very popular and worn strung on a simple faience beaded necklace.Today this ancient amulet has survived intact, ideal to be restrung on a simple cord or silver chain.OBJECT: Taweret AmuletCULTURE: Ancient EgyptianDATE: Ptolemaic c. 305 - 30 B.C.MATERIAL: Glazed FaienceSIZE: 18mm x 8.68mm x 4.69mmWEIGHT: 0.65 gramsPROVENANCE: Ex. R.E. Edwards Collection, Oxford.This item is guaranteed authentic and dates to the period described. A written guarantee can be provided on request. We accept returns if you are not satisfied with your purchase.... Please view my 200+ other listings for ancient jewellery and hammered coins ...FREE SHIPPING ON ALL ITEMS WORLDWIDE Condition: Good excavated piece, intact and wearable, Type: Amulets, Material: Faience, Culture: Ancient Egyptian, Date: c. 305 - 30 B.C., Provenance: Ex. R.E. Edwards Collection, Oxford.