User Menu

MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Amulet of Bes

Start collecting

Faience. Blue glaze. Openwork plaque. Bes holding two serpents and winged Isis with double crown. Back plain. Two suspension rings.

Provenance

From Meroe, Beg. West, W671. March 6, 1923: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, 690 B.C.–(?)

Findspot

Meroe, Beg. West, Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Height: 3.7 cm (1 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

23.857

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets