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Cameo with head of the Egyptian god Bes

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Brown on white on brown layered onyx. Cameo. Head of Bes, fully frontal. Bes is an Egyptian god associated with dance, health, fertility, and magic. He is bearded and wears a headdress with plumes. The protruding tongue is a feature particularly characteristic of Hellenistic and Roman...

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By date unknown: Count Michel Tyszkiewicz Collection; 1898: auction of the M. Tyszkiewicz Collection, Hotel des Commissaires-Priseurs, 9 rue Drouot, Paris, June 8-10, lot 271 (said to have been found in the Fayum); 1898: with Edward Perry Warren; 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)

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Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Roman, Imperial Period, 1st–3rd century A.D.


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

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Cameos