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  • Description

    Hollow terracotta figure of Beset standing, her hands on her thighs. She is nude, except for anklets. Her hair is arranged in tiered locks, with a double fillet on top, from which rises a crown of five feathers. She stands on a rounded plinth with mouldings top and bottom. Summary treatment at the back, except that the hair is well delineated; a small suspension-lug is placed at the back of the head. Two-piece mould. Buff marl clay with some white grits; red-brown fired-on slip overall.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 2ndC BC-1stC BC (Circa)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 15.6 centimetres
    • Width: 5.25 centimetres
    • Depth: 3.43 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Terracotta IV
    Purchased from Arthur Lyttleton Annesley; it previously belonged to George Annesley (Earl of Mountnorris and Viscount Valentia), an early traveller in Egypt.

    Ptolemaic, about second to first century BC.

    Comparandum: Near: 'LIMC' iii (2): pl. 89, Besit 1c.

    Bibliog: Arley Castle Sale, 1852: lot 360; Vogt 1924: 16, fig. 20; 'LIMC' iii (1): 112, Besit, 1e, and 2b (same object).


  • Bibliography

    • Terracotta 3105 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Condition


  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Lot 360 at Arley Castle sale (?)

  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

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Hollow terracotta figure of a Bes-like female figure; pierced suspension ring behind the head.

Hollow terracotta figure of a Bes-like female figure; pierced suspension ring behind the head.

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