Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
Ancient Egyptian women wore amulets of birth gods to protect them during and immediately after childbirth. One of these birth gods, a female deity often known as Taweret, was shown with the head and body of a hippopotamus, lion's paws, and a stylized crocodile hanging down her back. Her male counterpart, commonly called Bes, usually appeared frontally. In early Dynasty 18, artists depicted Bes with a human face and a lion's body and mane.
ca. 1539-1478 B.C.E.
1 3/16 × 5/8 × 3/16 in. (3 × 1.6 × 0.5 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Dark blue-green glazed faience amulet representing, in relief (rear surface flat), the god Bes standing, with hands at hips, on a low plinth. Arms, legs, and tail are disengaged from the body. Details of beard and body fur given by incised lines. Figure pierced from side to side for suspension. Pendant breasts are indicated.
Condition: Small cracks.
This item is not on view
Bes-Image Amulet, ca. 1539-1478 B.C.E. Faience, 1 3/16 × 5/8 × 3/16 in. (3 × 1.6 × 0.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.914E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.37.914E_erg2.jpg)
. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 10/16/2007
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