Plaque Representing Bes-image and Female Figure
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
1st-3rd century C.E.
5 11/16 x 4 3/4 x 7/8 in. (14.5 x 12 x 2.2 cm)
Gift of Lloyd and Jeanne Raport
One terracotta plaque made from two molded pieces which have been properly joined, the seam running along each side and the top. The back piece is undecorated and contains a crack running diagonally across the piece just above the middle. This has been repaired.
The principal scene represented a Bes-image raising his garment, "ses ostends"; a rough circular depression is all that remains of what once must have been his phallus "os occipitale". He is embracing a nude female figure who unveils her body by lifting away her garment with his left hand. Her hair is adorned in a variation of the so-called melon coiffure. These scene takes place between palm trees which frame the composition left and right. The top of the scene is framend by an arched garland over which is a pediment, the center of which is pierced through both pieces for suspension. The fgures and palm trees rest on a ground line given plastic form which rises as the last of four fascias. The bottom of the object is open, revealing a hollow interior.
There are traces of a white slip everywhere. The surfaces are nicked, the crack along the back breaks the foilage of the palm tree on the right and the upper trunk of that to the left. The bottom proper is not consolidated.
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