Bes Amulet


Mould-made amuletic figure in faience. A double-sided represention of the dwarf leonine god Bes; degenerate form of amulet with highly crude and schematic representation; body of Bes and his characteristic feathered crown crossed by more or less deep horizontal grooves, on both sides; suspension hole pierced widthways through the headdress; light turquoise glaze partly worn on one side; complete. As other deities involved in the protection of childhood and pregnancy, such as Taweret and Pataikos, Bes is very popular among Naukratis amulets. His amulets were similarly widespread across Egypt in the later Dynastic period and in the Mediterranean world, especially in the Late-early Ptolemaic periods. CONDITION NOTE 1998: Surface loss, surface dirt.