Amuletic figure in glazed composition; double-sided represention of the dwarf leonine god Bes, naked, in a squatting position on a small rectangular base, with hands on his hips; with protruding lion ears and wearing his characteristic plumed headdress; very crude features with some deep roughly made incisions for details; suspension hole pierced widthways across the lower part of the headdress; pale blue turquoise glaze; light-coloured paste; complete.
- Production date
- 6thC BC (?)
Height: 4.20 centimetres
Thickness: 0.90 centimetres
Width: 2 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).
For similar double-sided Bes from Naukratis: Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology E140; Liverpool, World Museum 9,9,86,69.
On amulets of Bes in general see: Andrews 1994, 38-40; Herrmann et al. 2010, 69-73 (type 34).
Considering its context of discovery, which is recorded in the museum's register, it should be dated to the 26th dynasty.
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
- Acquisition date
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 1987.451 (Accession Number)