Egyptian Faience Amulet of Bes with a Tambourine

A selection of two Egyptian blue and dark blue faience amulets, modelled as the Egyptian deity Bes. The figures appear dancing, as they are modelled in a side-on position, with their knees bent and a curled tail. Their arms are raised to one side playing a tambourine. The amulets feature a flat, unworked reverse with a suspension loop attached to the top. INDIVIDUALLY PRICED.

Date: Circa 1390–1353 BC
Period: New Kingdom Period, Dynasty 18
Condition: Very good condition
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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.

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

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