Small amulet of a sow - Steatite
Small amulet of a sow.
Steatite. Length 1,8 cm.
26th Dynasty (Saite), 664-525 B.C. Egypt.
One ear is missing. With stand.
Comes from the Khawam collection of the 50s.
Pork was hardly appreciated by the ancient Egyptians who identified him with the god Seth.
But the sow, "Trirït, Trérét" (name also given to the female hippopotamus), considered as a foster mother who can sometimes swallow one of her young, was likened to Nout, the goddess of Heaven, who swallows the stars every morning to regurgitate them in the evening.