About this object

A group of 15 flat backed blue faience pendants in the form of the god Bes.

Bes is mostly depicted in profile beating a drum or tambourine; with three others showing him in frontal pose with his hands held at his side. Only one has an intact loop at the top for threading, all the others are broken off. Two have Tell el Amarna locus marks on the back 'TA 26/7 224' and '140'. This indicates they are not all from the same find-spots, or from the same excavation seasons.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion
  • Culture
    New Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Tell el Amarna
  • Date made
    1352 BC - 1336 BC (Dynasty 18: Reign of Akhenaten) about
  • Materials
    Egyptian Faience
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the collections of Norwich Castle Museum, 1956
  • Collector
    Egypt Exploration Society
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Tell el Amarna
  • Date collected
    1927 before
  • Measurements
    5 mm x 18 mm x 235 mm
  • Related people
    East Anglia Egyptian Society (Previous owner); Egypt Exploration Society (Collector, previous owner); Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery (Previous owner)

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Publications

  • Tell el Amarna

    Petrie, William Matthew Flinders

    Author: Petrie, William Matthew Flinders
    Publisher: Methuen
    Date: 1894
    Description: Publication of Fliners Petrie's excavation of parts of the city in a winter season between 1891-2. At this time Petrie's fieldwork was largely being sponsored by two men: Jesse Haworth (1835-1921) and Henry Martin Kennard (1833-1911).

Events

  • Egypt Exploration Society Excavations at Tell el Amarna

    Start date: 1921
    End date: 1921
    Description: Excavations carried out at Tell el Amarna by the Egypt Exploration Society between 1921 and 1936.

Ownership

Previous owners

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