Breccia statue of the goddess Taweret
Late Period, after 600 BC
A household deity
Births usually took
place inside the home, so Taweret was considered a household deity.
No large-scale temples were dedicated to the goddess, instead
figures of her were placed on the household altar that was part of
every home. These figures were
Larger statues of Taweret are unusual as stone statues on a monumental scale were generally placed within temples. Kings, and later private individuals, sometimes dedicated statues of deities, or of themselves holding deities, to show their devotion to a god. The dedication of a figure of Taweret might have been to gain her favour in a forthcoming birth, or in thanks for her intervention in a recent one.
A. Siliotti (ed.), Viaggiatori veneti alla scoper (Venezia, Arsenale editrice, 1985)