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Single-Strand Necklace with Taweret Amulets

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

In Egyptian art, one symbol could represent both a trait and its opposite. The hippopotamus could represent great danger and chaos or, alternatively, fertility and protection in childbirth. The statuette of a male hippopotamus could represent the god Seth, who embodied danger, chaos, and disorder in the world. Yet the rare limestone statuette of hippopotami mating perhaps served as a symbol that preserved the fertility of the earth. And a necklace consisting of images of the female hippopotamus goddess Taweret could protect a woman in labor.
MEDIUM Faience
DATES ca. 1332-1292 B.C.E.
DYNASTY late XVIII Dynasty (probably)
PERIOD New Kingdom
DIMENSIONS 3/4 x 8 1/16 x 3/16 in. (1.9 x 20.5 x 0.4 cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Gift of Mrs. Lawrence Coolidge and Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss, and the Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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CAPTION Single-Strand Necklace with Taweret Amulets, ca. 1332-1292 B.C.E. Faience, 3/4 x 8 1/16 x 3/16 in. (1.9 x 20.5 x 0.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Lawrence Coolidge and Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss, and the Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 48.66.42. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 48.66.42_PS2.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 48.66.42_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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