Egyptian Steatite Double Sided Amulet of Bes With Hieroglyph To Base

Item Description

C. 713-332 BC – Late Period

An interesting and large double sided steatite amulet of the dwarf-god Bes standing on a plinth. He was an ancient Egyptian deity worshipped as a protector of households, mothers, children and childbirth. Bes later came to be regarded as the defender of everything good and the enemy of all that is bad. Bes appears squatting with his knees bent and hands on his waist and protruding ears. To the base of the plinth is a hieroglyph of Eye of Horus.

Although his feathered headdress is missing and is slightly chipped, it is a nice example with fine carvings.

Provenance: Ex A. H. Collection.

Size: 32mm height



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