Terracotta bottle of the Besit nursing a child. Besit is seated on a basket and holds the struggling child in front of her. The naked child appears without attributes.
Besit, the patroness of childbirth, shows a smiling, plump face and wears a large triangular wig and a fringed shawl.
Published as item no. 148 in: Paul Pedrizet. Les terres cuites grecques d’Égypte de la collection Fouquet. Paris 1921. (copy of the publication record joined)
Micaceous dark brown to grey Nile silt, with a black slip (Memphis Black Ware).
Egyptian, Ptolemaic Period, 2nd-1st Century BC
H. 7.6 cm (3 in)
Black earth bottle, taken from two molds. The cup-shaped mouth, which surmounted the head of the figurine, is lost.
Mouth missing, otherwise intact. Some wear on the high points of the face. Minor chips out of the base.
Ex collection of Dr. Fouquet, Cairo, around 1900.
The authenticity of the object is unconditionally guaranteed.