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Bell in the form of Bes

Ptolemaic Period
332–30 B.C.
From Egypt
cupreous metal
H. 6.3 cm (2 1/2 in.); Dia. 4.6 cm (1 13/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Gift of Nathaniel Spear, Jr., 1985
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 134
Bells began to appear in Egypt about the 8th century BC. This large bell is decorated with the face of Bes. A lizard peers over either ear, its body and tail curling around to the back of the bell.
Gift of Nathaniel Spear, Jr., New York, 1985. Published by the donor in A Treasury of Archaeological Bells (1978), no. 239.

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