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Gold Taweret necklace

British Museum

British Museum

Amulets of the goddess Taweret were one of several types of amulet used as elements in jewellery. Taweret amulets appear throughout the Dynastic period from the late Old Kingdom (2613-2160 BC) onwards. Essentially a household goddess, she protected the mother and child from the malign forces that threatened them during childbirth. These amulets were worn by women of all social groups. They were most often mass produced and made of faience, but could also be made of various types of stone. A distinctive glass type is characteristic of the Eighteenth Dynasty.The examples on this necklace are of gold and are mould-made and hollow. A large number of these pendants and hollow spacer beads were found in the burial of the wives of king Tuthmosis III. Those shown here probably belonged to a necklace, perhaps to protect one of the king's wives during childbirth. Several bracelets with spacer bars in the form of reclining cats, symbols of the goddess Bastet, were also found. These amulets promoted fertility, and their presence in the tomb, together with the Taweret amulets suggest that one of the main preoccupations of Tuthmosis III's wives was with supplying the king with an heir. Similar items have been found in the burials of other royal women of the New Kingdom.

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Details

  • Title: Gold Taweret necklace
  • Physical Dimensions: Length: 43.50cm (as strung)
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Technique: mould-made
  • Subject: ancient egyptian deity
  • Registration number: 1929,1109.33
  • Place: Found/Acquired Egypt
  • Period/culture: 18th Dynasty
  • Material: gold
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Donated by Egypt Exploration Society. Previous owner/ex-collection Maxwell, John Grenfell

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