Statuette of Toueris
The goddess is shown in her usual standing pose as an open-mouthed pregnant hippopotamus, with hairy plaited mane down the back, having human arms, pendulous breasts and cow ears (see no. 638). She wears a tripartite wig with lappets falling over the shoulders and a broad collar of five rows of beads. There is a cylindrical stub on the vertex to receive a crown in another material. She holds in front of her a sa-amulet (protection), only the upper part of which remains. There are no traces of a suspension lug; the statuette is probably therefore an ex voto rather than an amulet.
The sage green faience is somewhat damaged, the legs being broken away diagonally below the upper coil of the sa, taking the hands with them. A break is visible on the left side of the muzzle; damage on the right side has been partially restored.
Entry taken from Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection 3 volume catalogue, edited by Steven Hooper (Yale University Press, 1997).
Purchased by the Sainsbury Centre, University of East Anglia from Peter Sharrer in 1974 out of funds provided by Robert and Lisa Sainsbury.
Not on display
Title/Description: Statuette of Toueris
Born: 0050 c. BC - 0100 c.
Object Type: Figure
Measurements: h. 95 x w. 36 x d. 41 mm
Accession Number: 549
Historic Period: Ptolemaic (late), 1st century BC, 1st century
Credit Line: Purchased with support from Robert and Lisa Sainsbury, 1974