Stunning Egyptian Gold Bes Amulet


A fine Egyptian amulet of the god Bes cast in high karat gold. The dwarf deity is shown in a forward-facing position wearing a plumed headdress consisting of five visible feathers. The facial features including his beard have been rendered in exceptional detail to show his grotesque expression. Over time, dark patination has built upon the surface of the amulet, the back appears unadorned with a vertical bar.

Date: Circa 664-332 BC
Period: Late Period
Provenance: From the property of a London gentleman; previously in a private Belgian collection; formerly on the French art market in the 1920s.
Condition: Very fine condition, suitable for modern wear with care.


SKU: LD-243 Category: Tags: ,

Bes was an Egyptian deity and the most instantly recognisable protector, especially for pregnant women and children. He was believed to ward off any demons that may corrupt the unborn child. His ugly physique and appearance was used to repel any enemies and evil spirits. Known for his protective qualities, rather than having dedicated temples, apart from one, 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.

Weight 3.6 g
Dimensions H 1.9 cm

Egyptian Mythology



Reference: For a similar item, The Metropolitan Museum, item number 26.7.1040

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