Bes Pendants



A group of 28 flat backed blue faience pendants in the form of the god Bes strung together with cylinder and disc shaped faience beads. Bes is mostly depicted in profile beating a drum or tambourine; with four others showing him in frontal pose with his hands held at his side. Most have intact loops at the top for threading, with some being repaired more recently. Seven have Tell el Amarna locus marks on the back that are now difficult to read. The back of some pendants are marked in black ink: TA 26/7 233; TA 26/7 627; 23/250. This indicates they are not all from the same find-spots, or from the same excavation seasons. Excavated by the Egypt Exploration Society in 1926. Acquired by the EES in the division of finds. Donated to the East Anglia Egyptian Society by the EES in recognition of a contribution to the EES (excavation subscription). Donated to Norwich Castle Museum. Purchased from the collections of Norwich Castle Museum in 1956 by Liverpool City Museum (now World Museum).