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Amulet of Bes

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Amulet of green faience, glaze worn. Full-length, standing figure of the minor god Bes, shown frontally and nude with characteristic attributes including leonine head and body, posture with legs bowed, and a feathered headdress. Ring at back of headdress for suspension.


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)

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Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Egyptian, Late Period, Dynasty 25–30, 760–332 B.C.


Height x width x depth: 4.4 x 1.4 x 0.7 cm (1 3/4 x 9/16 x 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets