An Egyptian Faience Bes Amulet, Late Period, ca. 664 - 332 BCE
An Egyptian Faience Bes Amulet, Late Period, ca. 664 - 332 BCE

An Egyptian Faience Bes Amulet, Late Period, ca. 664 - 332 BCE

EA2367

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Finely carved, the protector god portrayed as a nude dwarf. His large feather crown surmounted grotesque facial features, with the ears and mane of a lion, bandy legs, and hands resting on his knees, standing on a plinth with a back pillar.

Background: This dwarf-like, protective deity was very popular in ancient Egypt. Known as early as the Middle Kingdom (ca. 2000 BCE), Bes was venerated as a protector of the home, family, and childbirth, and for that reason figures prominently in domestic magic and amulets. His close connection to all aspects of fertility and sexuality is demonstrated by the presence of his image in the "Birth-houses", shrines associated with temples of the Late and Greco-Roman periods. He also had a special relation to the goddess Hathor and performed in her retinue as a musician and dancer.

Dimensions:  Height: 3/4 inch (1.9 cm)

Condition:  Intact and in very good condition overall

Provenance:  Private Maryland collection of a diplomat, acquired while serving in Egypt between 1949 and 1956, and then by descent.

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