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Amulet of Bes

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This amulet of Bes is crudely crafted with incised lines that are dulled with wear. The lower part of the figure is missing. It has a rough surface with no polish and is brownish-gray.

Provenance

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.

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Egyptian,

Dimensions

Overall: 1.9 x 2.5 cm (3/4 x 1 in.)

Accession Number

72.1339

Medium or Technique

Stone

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets