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Hippopotamus Amulet

A work made of glass, mosaic techinque.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of glass, mosaic techinque.

Date:

Late Dynasty 18 (about 1336 BCE)

Artist:

Egyptian

About this artwork

This amulet takes the form of the protective Egyptian goddess Taweret, often depicted as a standing hippopotamus with a round belly referencing her ties to childbirth and fertility. Similar examples have been excavated from Tell el-Amarna, a city that had an active glass manufacturing industry.ss manufacturing industry.

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Artist

Ancient Egyptian

Title

Hippopotamus Amulet

Origin

Egypt

Date

1336 BCE

Medium

Glass, mosaic techinque

Dimensions

2.5 × 1 × .5 cm (1 × 3/8 × 3/16 in.)

Credit Line

The Art Institute of Chicago

Reference Number

X26

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