Egyptian Faience Bes Amulet

$279.61

An Egyptian amulet of the god Bes produced from blue faience. The head of the dwarf deity is depicted, facing forward wearing a headdress. The facial features display his grotesque appearance including his almond shaped eyes, large nose and beard. The reverse of the amulet is unadorned and the amulet features a loop to the top for suspension.

Date: Circa 664 – 332 BC
Period: Late Period
Provenance: From an early 20th century collection, Caernarfon, North Wales, UK.
Condition: Fine condition, wear with age. Encrustation to the surface along with black residue to the back.

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Bes was known as a dwarf god and considered a protector of the home and of women and children. He was an unusual deity in the Egyptian pantheon as very little is known of his creation and he had no dedicated temples. He was however one of the most important gods and was worshiped fastidiously across Egyptian homes, with small dedicated shrines. Visually he was portrayed front-on, in comparison to a profile view seen of Egyptian wall art. He was described as dwarf god, a warrior with a demonic quality to him and was a culmination of man and animal. As a warrior he was initially seen as a protector, especially for women and children but this role grew to include anyone who needed it.

For example, soldiers would especially call on Bes’ protection before battle, and his image would be carved into their shields. Similarly, women would carry amulets of the dwarf-god and tattoo his image on their bodies. Essentially, even though his veneration did not extend to temples and state worship, Bes and his image had great apotropaic qualities.

To find out more about Ancient Egyptian amulets please see our relevant blog post: Egyptian Amulets and their Meanings: Ancient Egyptian Gods.

Weight 4.5 g
Dimensions L 3 x W 2.5 cm
Culture

Egyptian Mythology

Faience

Region

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