Statuette of Taweret card

Statuette of Taweret


On display


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. 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).