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Amulet of Bes

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This amulet of Bes is worked on both sides. The standing figure is executed in openwork. It is pierced vertically for suspension. Polished, dull brick-red.


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, New Kingdom, 1550–1070 B.C.


Overall: 2.2 x 1.1 x 0.5 cm (7/8 x 7/16 x 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Red jasper


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets