|EGYPTIAN BLUE FAIENCE AMULET OF TAWERIS
The hippopotamus goddess, patroness of pregnancy
and protectress of the family at night.
She is depicted as a bipedal hippopotamus
with the body of a lion and the tail of a crocodile.
The goddess strides forward, left foot first as her long arms rest on her pregnant belly.
She has pendulous breasts and wears a tripartite wig.
Minute chip on right elbow, otherwise intact
and in excellent condition.
XXV-XXVI Dynasty, Ca 653-525 BC
Ht. 2 3/8 in. (6.1 cm.)
Ex Eugene V. Thaw collection.
Eugene Thaw (1927-2018) was an art dealer and avid collector as well as a Trustee at the Morgan Library
in New York for thirty years.
He donated widely to the Morgan thus creating
the Thaw Conservation Center, the Drawing Institute,
the Clare Eddy Thaw Gallery, and the
Eugene and Clare Thaw Curator of Drawings and Prints.