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Statuette of Bes

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This statuette of squatting god Bes is mold-made of light red clay. He is wearing an animal skin and his characteristic plumed headdress (mostly missing). The ankles & feet are missing. The figurine is hollow with a firing hole in the center of the back.


From Tanis (San el-Hagar). 1884: excavated by William Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund; assigned to the Egypt Exploration Fund in the division of finds by the government of Egypt; October 28, 1885: presented to the MFA at EEF general meeting. (Accession date: January 1, 1886)

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Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription

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




Height x width: 25.2 x 11 cm (9 15/16 x 4 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Pottery (terracotta); mold-made


The Ancient World