Blue green faience amulet, with flat back, in high relief face of the God Bes.
Price: € 450,--
Size: 4,5 cm
Period: Late Period, c, 300 B.C.
Provenance: Dutch private collection, before 1980s, acquired at Dutch auction.
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Bes was a widely worshipped deity in ancient Egypt and was believed to be the deity of music, merriment, and childbirth.
As such, Bes was thought to be a protector of children, and depictions of him were frequently seen in the bedrooms of ancient Egyptian households.
His unruly beard, lion’s mask, loud instruments, and wild dancing were all thought to drive away any evil spirits that attempted to infiltrate the house.
Additionally, Bes was thought to be a protector of both couples and pregnant women, and was commonly worshipped by ancient Egyptian newlyweds.