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Amulet of Bes

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Amulet of green-glazed steatite depicting double sided, standing figure of Bes with four-feathered headdress. Pierced through head for suspension, worn and somewhat chipped. Incised eye of Horus (wedjat) on bottom.


By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way. (Accession date: June 28, 1872)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Egyptian, Late Period to Roman Imperial Period, 760 B.C.–A.D. 364


Height x width: 4.7 x 1.9 cm (1 7/8 x 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Glazed steatite


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets