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Bes with Worshiper

Late Period
Dynasty 26–29
664–380 B.C.
From Egypt
Bronze or copper alloy
H. 13.2 cm (5 3/16 in.); W. 5.5 cm (2 3/16 in.); L. 14.5 cm ( 5 11/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Gift of Darius Ogden Mills, 1904
Accession Number:
Not on view
Bes was worshipped and invoked by ordinary Egyptians as a protector. His usual depiction, as a grotesque dwarf with a lion's ears and mane, was thought to deter the approach of the malevolent forces believed to cause illness. His image here appears in a bronze statuette made for the unnamed man shown worshipping the god. The harp held by Bes may reflect his power to calm angry spirits.
Collection of Judge Elbert E. Farman, formed when he was U.S. consul general in Egypt 1876–84. Donated to the museum by Darius Ogden Mills, New York, in 1904.

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