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Vessel in the Form of Bes in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, June 2018

Vessel in the Form of Bes in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, June 2018
Vessel in the form of the God Bes (Primary Title)

Unknown (Artist)

Date: 650-550 BC

Culture: Egyptian

Category: Ceramics, Containers-Vessels

Medium: faience

Collection: Ancient Art

Dimensions: Overall: 5 5/8 × 3 25/32 × 3 3/8 in. (14.29 × 9.6 × 8.57 cm)

Object Number: 93.110


The animal-headed god Bes was a household deity who guided women and children through the perils of pregnancy, childbirth, and infancy. This Bes wears a leopard skin arranged around his neck, a feature that appeared during the Nubian rule of Egypt (Dynasty 25). This vessel once had a lid in the form of Bes’s tall feathered headdress.

Text from: www.vmfa.museum/piction/6027262-8177537

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