Egyptian Vibrant Blue Amulet of Bes
C. 1550-1292 BC – New Kingdom Period
A vibrant blue glazed amulet of the dwarf-god Bes, with characteristics of a dwarf and a lion. Bes has protruding ears and appears squatting, with his knees bent, hands resting on his thighs, and a tail hanging between his legs.
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.
Although feet and suspension loop above head are damaged, it has strong colour with some light earthy surface deposits.
Ref: Similar example in The Metropolitan Museum, accession number 11.215.174.
Provenance: Ex E. C. Collection. Ex Helios Gallery. Ex D. S. Collection, West Sussex, collected 1990’s-2000’s.
Size: 25mm height