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Head of Bes

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Head of Bes of stone or hardened organic material (possibly beeswax); fragment of amulet or miniature plaque. Well polished with elaborate incised and modeled details. Back badly cracked.


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)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Egyptian, Hellenistic Period (Ptolemaic Dynasty), 305–30 B.C.


Length x width x depth: 8 x 5.9 x 1.9 cm (3 1/8 x 2 5/16 x 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Stone or hardened beeswax (?)


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets