Egyptian Faience Amulet of Bes with a Tambourine


An Egyptian blue faience amulet, modelled as the Egyptian deity Bes. The figure appears dancing, portrayed in a side-on position, with his knees bent and a curled tail. His arms are raised to one side playing a tambourine. The depiction is now worn with age. The amulet features a flat, unworked reverse with a suspension loop attached to the top.

Date: Circa 1390–1353 BC
Period: New Kingdom Period
Condition: Fine condition, some wear with age.


SKU: LD-596 Category:

Bes was an Egyptian deity and the most instantly recognisable protector. His ugly physique and appearance were used to repel any enemies and evil spirits. He was also seen as the protector god of childbirth; therefore, the amulet became very popular amongst pregnant women, he was believed to ward off any demons that may corrupt the unborn child. Known for his protective qualities, Bes was worshipped in households to protect against any intruders, whether it be people or deadly animals. Although the deity was presented in a grotesque, intimidating way, Bes was very friendly and was symbolised with laughter, music and dance granting him many different qualities. Hence the representation of a dancing Bes, playing a tambourine, as in the example of these amulets.

Weight 0.16 g
Dimensions L 1.2 x W 0.6 cm

Egyptian Mythology



Reference: For a similar item,The Metropolitan Museum, item 11.215.180

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