<em>Protective God</em>, ca. 945–718 B.C.E. Faience, 5 15/16 x 2 1/2 x 15/16 in. (15.1 x 6.4 x 2.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 58.171. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.58.171_wwg8.jpg)

Protective God

Medium: Faience

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:ca. 945–718 B.C.E.

Dimensions: 5 15/16 x 2 1/2 x 15/16 in. (15.1 x 6.4 x 2.4 cm)


Museum Location: 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor


Accession Number: 58.171

Image: CUR.58.171_wwg8.jpg,West Wing gallery 8 installation

Catalogue Description:
Light green faience plaque of Bes figure, standing, wears high five feathered headdress. Seated baboons on each shoulder, baboon in profile between knees. In right hand is an oval object, in left, a stylized, elongated crocodile (?). Back: Wears a lion’s tail. At headdress is a bound gazelle in relief. Bes stands ion a papyrus capital. The entire figure decorated with brown spots; headdress decorated with five vertical stripes. Eyes and mouth suggest previous inlays. Condition: Base partly missing. Tip of object held in left hand is broken. Glaze is somewhat worn on obverse.

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