A Grano-diorite amulet in the form of the Hippopotamus goddess Tauret.
The Egyptians observed nature and their surroundings. The hippopotamus is an extremely fierce and protective creature. We can see why the Egyptians made Taweret a protective deity on the pantheon of gods.
Egypt, First Millennium BCE. Probably Late Dynastic Period, c. 664 - 332 BCE.
Size: 26mm H.
Condition: Feet unfortunately missing; suspension hole not complete.
Egyptian amulets were carried in a variety of ways including necklaces, bracelets , rings; and most importantly among the bandages of the mummy they were made to serve.