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

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Carved in deep blue-green faience, the protector god portrayed as a nude dwarf on an integrated base. His large feather crown surmounting grotesque facial features, with protruding tongue and the ears and mane of a lion, with bandy legs and hands hanging on either side of his protruding belly, 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 BC), 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: Length: 2.3 cm (0.90 inches)

Condition: With a loss to the base, otherwise in very good condition overall.

Provenance: Ex Dr Joseph Touma, Virginia, acquired from Christie's in 1993.

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