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Egyptian vase with head of Bes, Roman period, 2nd/3rd century AD


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Egyptian: Pottery: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1343759
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Clay vessel in the form of a Bes head with a small handle at the left temple.
The head of Bes is portrayed with arched eyebrows, wide open eyes, a flat nose and shaggy hair. The patron of the household and of children is shown with a protruding tongue, an apotropaic gesture to turn evil away.
For a related example, cf. UC48107 in the Petrie Collection Online Catalogue. Also, nos. 393-396, pp. 328 in: Françoise Dunand. Catalogue des terres cuites gréco-romaines d'Egypte. Paris 1990.
Ceramic
Egypt, Roman Period, 2nd/3rd century AD
H. 6.5 cm (2.6 in)
Intact, fine condition. Made of two halves, the was face taken from a mold, the back is plain.
Estate of Ch. Grand, Zurich (Switzerland), collected 1900-1950.

The authenticity of the object is unconditionally guaranteed.