Egyptian Faience Double Sided Amulet of Bes

Item Description

C. 1070-713 BC – Third Intermediate Period

A finely carved double faience amulet of the dwarf-god Bes, wearing an plumed headdress consisting of three ostrich feathers. He has protruding ears and belly and appears squatting, with his knees bent, hands resting on his thighs.

The ancient Egyptian deity Bes, was worshipped as a protector of households, mothers, children and childbirth. He later came to be regarded as the defender of everything good and the enemy of all that is bad.

Small chip to base edge and one hand otherwise is very good condition with fine carvings and intact.

Ref: Similar example in The Metropolitan Museum, accession number 74.51.4472.

Provenance: Ex D. S. Collection, West Sussex, collected 1990’s-2000’s.

Size: 37mm height



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