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Statuette of Bes

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This reddish-brown clay statuette of a standing Bes wears a characteristic tall plumed headdress. He holds a shield in proper left hand and a sword upraised in proper right hand. There is a suspension loop in back.


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, Roman Imperial or Meroitic Period, 30 B.C.–A.D. 364


Height x width: 11.1 x 3.8cm (4 3/8 x 1 1/2in.)

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Medium or Technique

Pottery (terracotta); mold-made


The Ancient World