A good sized darkish green glazed faience composition amulet depicting the god Bes, wearing a feathered crown, standing on a slender rectangular base; with piercing for suspension through the back of the headdress. Modelled on both sides, the reverse showing his lion’s tail.
Ptolemaic Period: Circa 4th-1st century BC.
Condition: Complete, with light accretions.
Height 4.8 cms (1.9 ins).
Provenance: Ex RS. collection, acquired late 1990’s
Reference: See Carol Andrews' Amulets of Ancient Egypt (London 1994) no. 37d for several examples of the type.
Although he had no temples, Bes enjoyed enormous popularity in Egypt and beyond. His image decorated countless decorative art objects with which the body routinely came into contact, such as beds and headrests. The Bes amulet was very popular with women in Egyptian times, worn as an amulet of good luck to keep them safe in childbirth.