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Statuette of Beset (Besis)

Late Period–Ptolemaic Period
664–30 B.C.
From Egypt
Cupreous metal
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:
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..

Fischer, Henry G. 1966. "Reports of the Departments: Egyptian." In The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, new ser., vol. 25, no. 2 (October), p. 76.

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