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ID number: ECM 1666
Institution: Eton College
Named collection: The Eton Myers Collection
Title / Object name / Definition: Bes Amulet
Object type: Amulet
Date made: Third Intermediate Period (c. 1076 - 723 BC)
Collector: Myers, William Joseph
Materials: Faience (blue)
Measurements: 4.03 x 1.69 x 1.04 cm
Description: Modelled amulet of the god Bes standing frontally with his hands on his thighs. Finely carved details of the face include a large beard/mane and piercings through his nose and ears. Completely carved out areas between the arms and body, and between the legs can be seen, as well as the remains of the top and bottom of an animal tail on the reverse of the figure. A large suspension lug is located behind the tall plumed headdress.
Notes: Amulets depicting the god Bes first appeared during the 18th Dynasty, although the iconography of Bes can be seen in earlier Middle Kingdom ivory knives/wands. Amulets of Bes remained popular into the Roman Period and exhibit a number of variations.
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