Mould-made amuletic pendant in glazed composition, in the shape of a circular plaque; representing in low relief on one side the plumed and bearded head of the dwarf leonine god Bes, and, on the other a right wedjat-eye; modelling quite worn; bright green glaze; pierced through diameter; complete.
- Production date
- 6thC BC (possibly)
Diameter: 0.10 centimetres (hole in edge)
Diameter: 1.70 centimetres (max.)
Thickness: 0.53 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- As other deities involved in the protection of childhood and pregnancy, such as Taweret and Pataikos, Bes is very popular among Naukratis amulets (Masson forthcoming). His amulets were similarly widespread across Egypt in the later Dynastic period (Andrews 1994, 40) and in the Mediterranean world, (especially in the Late-early Ptolemaic periods: Herrmann et al., 69).
Modelled heads of Bes on a plaque or a disc, dated to the Third Intermediate Period onwards, bear sometimes the representation of a wedjat eye on the other side, like on this specimen (Andrews 1994, 40; examples illustrated in Petrie 1914, pl. XXXIV no. 190q; Hornung, Staehelin 1976, no. 694).
Considering its context of discovery, it should be dated to the 26th dynasty.
On amulets of Bes in general see: Andrews 1994, 38-40; Herrmann et al. 2010, 69-73 (type 34).
Andrews, C. 1994, Amulets of Ancient Egypt, London.
Herrmann, C., Staubli, T., Berger-Lober, S., Keel, O., Schönbächler, G. 2010, 1001 Amulett : altägyptischer Zauber, monotheisierte Talismane, säkulare Magie, Bibel+Orient-Museum, Liebefeld, Stuttgart.
Hornung, E. and Staehelin, E. 1976, Skarabäen und andere Siegelamulette aus Basler Sammlungen, Ägyptische Denkmäler in der Schweiz I.
Masson, A. forthcoming, ‘Naukratis: Egyptian offerings in context’, in M. Bergeron and A. Masson (eds.), Naukratis in Context II: Cults, Sanctuaries and Offerings. Proceedings of the Second Naukratis Project Workshop held at The British Museum, 22nd-23rd June 2013.
Petrie, W.M.F. 1914, Amulets, London.
- Not on display
- Acquisition notes
- Donated by Egypt Exploration Fund in 1886
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: H3813 (Accession Number)