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Statuette of Beset (Besis)

Period:
Late Period–Ptolemaic Period
Date:
664–30 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt
Medium:
Cupreous metal
Dimensions:
H. 14.5 cm (5 11/16 in.); W. 5.3 cm (2 1/16 in.); D. 5 cm (1 15/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Lionberger Davis, 1966
Accession Number:
66.123.3
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 134
Beset, like her husband Bes, holds a bow-legged stance with hands on thighs and wears a feather crown. She has a less animal-like and less exaggerated face. Here she is nude, although she can be dressed.

Beset is a much older figure, but becomes particularly popular in the Ptolemaic Period. She shares Bes's protective and apotropaic functions.
Donated to the Museum by J. Lionberger Davis, Princeton, 1966..

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