Bes was an Egyptian deity and the most instantly recognisable protector. His ugly physique and appearance was used to repel any enemies and evil spirits. He was also seen as the protector god of childbirth, a very popular amulet 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.
To find out more about Ancient Egyptian god amulets please see our relevant blog post: Egyptian Amulets and their Meanings: Ancient Egyptian Gods.