In Egyptian mythology and culture Bes acted as a protector of the household, of women in labour and small children. He was a marriage god and a deity that overlooked women’s adornment habits. Thus he was often carved on mirrors and toiletries. In addition, he was a protector of sleep, ensuring sweet dreams. He is commonly depicted as a robust dwarf god with a headdress of ostrich feathers, front facing the viewer. Amulets of Bes were worn on a regular basis and were common to young women.
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