A large Egyptian Faience Amulet of Bes, 21st Dynasty, ca. 1069 - 945 BC


Of a rich blue in color, the protector god portrayed as a nude dwarf on an integrated base.  His large feather crown is highlighted with dark blue markings surmounting grotesque facial features, with protruding tongue and the ears and mane of a lion. Shown standing on bandy legs with his hands on either side of his protruding belly, his tail between his legs, and a suspension loop above. 

Background: This dwarf-like, protective deity was very popular in ancient Egypt. Known as early as the Middle Kingdom (ca. 2000 BC), Bes was venerated as a protector of the home, family, and childbirth, and for that reason figures prominently in domestic magic and amulets. His close connection to all aspects of fertility and sexuality is demonstrated by the presence of his image in the "Birth-houses", shrines associated with temples of the Late and Greco-Roman periods. He also had a special relation to the goddess Hathor and performed in her retinue as a musician and dancer. 

Dimensions: Height: 2 1/8 inches (5.4 cm)

Condition:  Intact and in excellent condition overall.

Provenance:  Acquired Royal Athena Galleries, mid 1970's thereafter Tautenhahn private collection.

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