EGYPTIAN AMULET OF BES
Measurements: 3.7 cm - height
Description: An ancient Egyptian amulet of the dwarf god Bes in pale turquoise faience. Modelled similarly on front and back, with grimaced face, pierced ears, in typical squat wide legged pose with hands on banded knees, wearing tall headdress of four large patterned plumes, on an integral plinth; a horizontal hole at the base of the headdress for suspension.
Bes protected 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.
Reference: Andrews, C., Amulets of Ancient Egypt, London, 1994, p. 40, ill. 37d.
R.H. Blanchard; Handbook of Egyptian Gods and Mummy amulets, 1909, Pl. 10, Fig. 42.
Period: Late Period, 7th - 4th cent. BC
Condition: Very fine, intact, some encrustation on the surface.