The flat buff-colored bead depicting the face of the dwarf-god Bes, his feather crown, grotesque facial features, and protruding ears prominently featured, the reverse side depicting a square of engraved glyphs, the sides pierced horizontally for attachement.
Dimensions: Length: 7/8 inch (2.2 cm)
Condition: With some wear to the surface, overall intact and in good condition.
Provenance: John J. Slocum Collection. Mr. Slocum (1914-1997) collected most of his antiquities while serving as US cultural attache to Egypt in the 1960s. Later, he served as Assistant to the Director of The Smithsonian, was appointed by President Reagan to the Presidential Cultural Property Advisory Committee, and was a Trustee Emeritus of the Archaeological Institute of America. He was a well-respected scholar/collector, whose medieval crusader coins were sold in a single-owner sale at Sotheby's, London in 1997.
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