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For use as a Prophylactic charm, a fragment of a larger sculpture perhaps a sceptre the back glazed showing his long lions mane
Third Intermediate period to Late period, 21st to 25th Dynasty 1070 – 712 BC
Size: 8cm high, 7cm wide, 2cm deep – 3¼ ins high, 2¾ ins wide, ¾ ins deep
Collected in Egypt between 1890 – 1920
Although this was a flat two-dimensional object this representation of the god Bes can be viewed from both sides and each is decorated in relief. Bes would have been wearing a headdress of five plumes. With his right hand he is offering an oval shaped object as nourishment to the infant god Horus who he cradles in his left arm. This object probably served as the terminal of a prophylactic charm that would have been fixed into a short papyriform sceptre, much like the disc of a mirror is attached to a handle.