Bes-Image Amulet

Third Intermediate Period

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 127

In ancient Egypt, several protective deities were depicted as dwarves featuring a lion's mane, ears, and tail, and often wearing a plumed headdress. Such gods are now referred to as the Bes-image. The domain of the Bes image was the household. He averted evil with music, knives, or the sa sign as he watched over the occupants of the house. He was particularly protective of women and children, and over time this responsibility gave him a role in some temples when there was a birth house for the deity. Thus, the Bes image was a popular amulet.

Bes-Image Amulet, Faience

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