Ancient Egyptian Terracotta Bes Image Amulet Mould


A small, ancient Egyptian terracotta amulet mould with a depiction of Bes engraved in its recess. The mould is ovular in form with a flattened front and slightly convex back. The figure has a short and stocky stature, with carved facial features and large leonine, curved ears. The reverse is unworked.

Date: Circa 1550-1070 BC
Period: New Kingdom Period
Provenance: From a Private Dorset collection, 1980s-1990s.
Condition: Excellent Condition. The mould is intact with a few small notches over the surface which are consistent with age


SKU: MJ-25 Category: Tag:

A number of different Ancient Egyptian deities are now referred to the ‘Bes-image’. They are mostly depicted as dwarves, sometimes with large plumed headdresses, and lion-like features such as manes and tails. They had domain over the household and served as a protective figure, especially for women and children, by warding off evil with music or the ‘Sa’ symbol. For this reason, the Bes-image was a popular choice for amulets, as it was believed it held apotropaic qualities. This mould would have created such amulets, which were exceedingly popular during the New Kingdom period. Featuring either one or two suspensions loops, the amulet would have been used as part of a broad collar necklace.

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

Weight 4.0 g
Dimensions L 2.60 x W 1.90 x H 0.90 cm

Egyptian Mythology

Pottery and Porcelain


Reference: For a similar item,The Metropolitan Museum of Art, item 12.180.420

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