Ancient Egypt, Saite Period, Twenty-Sixth Dynasty (XXVI), ca. 664 to 525 BCE. A faience-glazed plaque that was most likely intended to be an amulet (there was probably a loop for suspension on the headdress). The plaque depicts the god Bes standing, with his head turned back in profile. Bes is shown with great detail, including finely rendered hands, feet, body, and phallus. He has a beard which is often interpreted as a lion's mane. Bes watched over the household, particularly the women and children of the house, protecting them with the magical sign sa. An amulet like this one was made to be worn for protection. Size: 2.5" H (6.4 cm); 2.75" H (7 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: private New York, USA collection; Klein collection and Mrs. French collection; Rossetti collection before 1950; ex Egyptian Exploration Society, acquired between the late 19th Century and early 20th Century
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