BRIGHT BLUE FAIENCE FIGURE OF BES

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BRIGHT BLUE FAIENCE FIGURE OF BES

Naked dwarf god of music, dance and games, protecting children against evil, bandy legged and depicted full-faced with complete lion’s mane, sticking tongue out of his mouth, large ears, striped cap on his head, and holding drum and stick in his hands; details in black faience, plain back-pillar.
Ex priv. coll., Netherlands.

H. 7,4 cm. Intact, apart from tiny chip from base.
Late Period-Ptolemaic, 4th-1st cent. BC

Cf. Petrie, Amulets, no. 190 c-d, pl. XXXIV; C. Andrews, Amulets of Ancient Egypt, London 1994, pp. 39-40, fig. 37c var.;
G. Steindorff, Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore, no 624, pl. XCIV

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