Mould-made amuletic figure in glazed composition, likely representing the dwarf leonine god Bes; naked, squatting (?) on small rectangular base, wearing his characteristic feathered crown (though very little detailed); very simply modelled and crudely made; suspension hole pierced widthways behind head; light green glaze almost completely worn; beige-yellow core; complete.
- Production date
- 6thC BC (?)
Height: 2.10 centimetres
Length: 1 centimetres
Width: 0.90 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).
On amulets of Bes in general see: Andrews 1994, 38-40; Herrmann et al. 2010, 69-73 (type 34).
Considering its context of discovery, it should be dated to the 26th dynasty. However, the registers of the Museum of Fine Arts tend to allocate the Scarab Factory as a findspot for not only scarabs, scaraboids and their moulds, but also all types of amulets from Naukratis. Caution is therefore required for the dating and the findspot. The amulet looks also later in date. Let's note, however, that the records written (or at least supervised) by Amelia Edwards mention the Scarab Factory as the findspot too.
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.
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.
- Not on display
- Rather fair, though glaze worn
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: P.5241 (Pottery & Porcelain Ledger No.)
Miscellaneous number: RES.86.303 (Accession Number)