Ancient Egypt: Faience Amulet
Originating from around 712–332 BC, this ancient Egyptian piece depicts Taweret, also called Theoris, was the goddess sacred to pregnant women. She was thought to offer protection during childbirth, in those days – it was a time fraught with danger for both mother and child.
Made from faience — a type of glazed ceramic, which in fact, was somewhat a technological wonder of the time: known as self-glazing tjehnet, and depending on how it's made, it can come in many hues and colors. It has a small ring on the back, allowed the amulet to be suspended – and possibly worn around the neck.
See a side-view and detailed description of this beautiful piece from ancient Egypt at Samuel Merrin's gallery.