Two Bes on a terracotta mould-made figure plaque. Mould-made and solid with plain flat back. Red slip with traces of white coating, yellow and blue paint on the front. Red-brown Nile silt fabric with grey core with abundant organic vesicles, common fine quartz, mica and white inclusions (shell?).
- Production date
- 500BC - 300BC
Height: 12.10 centimetres
Thickness: 4.50 centimetres
Width: 6.80 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Simple mould made plaques with two crude Bes figures on it. Of a type typical of the Nile delta in the Late Period. Similar piece from Naukratis is in Cambridge Museum of Classical Archaeology (NA581). Of a type typical of the Nile delta in the Late Period, similar, but more complicated examples extend into the early Ptolemaic period (at Schedia early Ptolemaic pieces from the 4th century BC, Bergman pers. comm. and forthcoming). Three similar simple mould-made single Bes plaque figures from Naukratis are currently in the Bolton Museum (1886.31.15, 1886.31.16, 1886.31.17). Unprovenanced parallels of a single, naked, Bes plaque in Cairo Museum (CG27355 and CG27256 = SR5/1222 and SR5/1223) Late Period parallel from Memphis (Petrie 1909, pl. 35, no.13) and from Saqqara, including as part of a group with a phallophorous Harpocrates dated Late Period to Ptolemaic (Martin 1981, pl. 23, nos 306, 307 and 1331).
Martin, G. T. 1981. The sacred animal necropolis at North Saqqâra: the southern dependencies of the main temple complex. Egypt Exploration Society, Excavation Memoirs 50.
Petrie, W.M.Fl. 1909a. Memphis I. London.
- Not on display
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: H2805 (Accession Number)