About this object

Statue of Taweret shown as a pregnant hippopotamus standing on her hind legs with her left leg striding forward and her hands held at her side. She wears a tripartite headdress and a disc shaped head piece and a broad collar painted in red, yellow and black. The detail of her teeth and nostrils are painted in black and paint and gesso (or resin ?) survives in other places. A crocodile tail flows down her spine from beneath her wig, with faint traces of black and white (?) painted stripes.

The original base is now missing and the statue was remounted before the museum acquired the object in 1949 from Gloucester Museum. In the accession list of 1949 (made by an Ethnology curator) it is described as "wooden figure somewhat like an Egyptian river god but obviously modern". We have no record of how Gloucester acquired the object.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    New Kingdom (Ramesside Period)
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    1295 BC - 1069 BC (Dynasty 19 BC - 20 BC)
  • Materials
    Paint; Wood
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Gloucester Museum, 1949
  • Collector
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    1949 before
  • Measurements
    270 mm x 100 mm x 110 mm
  • Note
    Compare with a statue from Deir el Medina in Museo Egizo, Turin, C526 , Christine Ziegler, Queens of Egypt From Hetepheres to Cleopatra (Monaco, 2008), page 321 (cat. no. 150).
  • Related people
    Gloucester City Museum (Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Gloucester City Museum

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1949
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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