of dark blue-green faience, the protector god portrayed in typical pygmy form with a squat body; his feather crown, some extremities, and belly button emphasized in yellow, with attachment hole through the middle.
Despite his apparent ferocity, Bes was an ancient god regarded as a benevolent deity who averted evil. He was much favoured as a protector of the family, in particular mothers and children and therefore associated with sexuality and childbirth. It is thought that Bes brought good luck and prosperity to married couples and their children. Bes later came to be regarded as the defender of everything good and the enemy of all that is bad. After the Third Intermediate Period, Bes is often seen as just the head or the face, and was often worn as an amulet such as this example.
Condition: Intact and in excellent condition overall, custom mounted on marble base.
Dimensions: Height: 2.5 cm (.98 inch), Mounted Height: 3.2 cm (1.25 inches)
Provenance: Private collection of Robert J. Molnar, Hillsdale, NJ, acquired in the 1960's.