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Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

The Egyptians worked with gold and semiprecious stones from earliest times. They mined both types of material in the desert east of the Nile and in present-day Sudan, called “Nubia” in ancient times after the ancient Egyptian word for gold (nub). Clearly, objects made from these high-value materials were available only to the highest ranks of society.
DATES 664-30 B.C.E.
DYNASTY Dynasty 26 to Dynasty 30, or later
PERIOD Late Period to Ptolemaic Period
DIMENSIONS 1 1/2 x 9/16 x 1/16 in. (3.8 x 1.4 x 0.2 cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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CAPTION Bes, 664-30 B.C.E. Gold, 1 1/2 x 9/16 x 1/16 in. (3.8 x 1.4 x 0.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 08.480.208. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 08.480.208_front_PS2.jpg)
IMAGE front, 08.480.208_front_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Standing figure of Bes cut from sheet gold after impressing in a die. Edges turned back; spaces between legs and tail cut out by chisel. Conventional type of Bes with feather headdress, leonine face, hands on thighs. Pierced for attachment at top center of headdress. Condition: Intact.
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