<em>Spoon with Face of Bes or another Birth God</em>, ca. 1539–1292 B.C.E. Wood, 2 11/16 x 4 1/8 in. (6.9 x 10.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Evangeline Wilbour Blashfield, Theodora Wilbour, and Victor Wilbour honoring the wishes of their mother, Charlotte Beebe Wilbour, as a memorial to their father, Charles Edwin Wilbour, 16.78. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 16.78_side1_PS9.jpg)

Spoon with Face of Bes or another Birth God

Medium: Wood

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:ca. 1539–1292 B.C.E.

Dimensions: 2 11/16 x 4 1/8 in. (6.9 x 10.5 cm)


Museum Location: Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor


Accession Number: 16.78

Image: 16.78_side1_PS9.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
The spoon has a circular bowl on the other side of which is an elaborately carved head of Bes covering the entire surface. The handle is short and tapers towards the rim. It has a design, possibly a lotus design, on the entire surface through which a groove runs. This together with two small holes on the outer surface of the bowl (which may, however, be modern) suggest that this was a cover or fitting of some larger object. On the other hand, the interior of the bowl shows very extensive traces of wear. The wood is a rich brown and remarkably light in weight. Condition: Outside of traces of wear, the spoon is in practically perfect condition.

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