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Taweret was a fierce goddess who protected the mother and child during childbirth. Unlike most goddesses, she had no human elements, consisting instead of the head and body of a hippopotamus, the tail of a crocodile and the legs of a lioness. All these creatures were renowned for aggressively protecting their young.

Ancient Egyptian Greco-Roman figure of Isis-Aphrodite; her calathos/crown has the winged sun disc and horns of Isis. (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

*RING, SETI I: Dynasty 19-20, c. 1295-1070 B.C., Georgraphy: Egypt, Middle Egypt, el-Amama (Akhetaten); inc. el-Hagg Qandi; Medium: Bronze

Mouth-blown glass bottle from Saft el-Hinna, Egypt. 3289 by The Manchester Museum, via Flickr

Slave Auction

Slave auction. Look at the scars and welter on his body. Horrible.

Excavation of the Sphinx, ca 1850

Limestone Fragment Depicting Two Deities, Origin: Egypt Circa: 900 BC to 500 BC

One of history’s first doctors, Hesire, was the “Chief of Tooth-Doctors and Doctors” at the court of the Old Kingdom pharaoh Djoser. Hesire, from his tomb at Saqqara, Egypt, Dynasty III, Wood. Egyptian Museum, Cairo. ca. 2650 BCE.