Mould for an amulet of Bes

Accession Number
Current Location
House of Life (first floor), Drawers beneath stelae, Drawer 1
Object Type
Implements and utensils, Mould, Amulet mould
Height: 45mm | Depth: 22mm | Width: 37mm
Number of Elements
Divine Name

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A pottery mould for a Bes head amulet. This would have been used for the manufacture of faience amulets. He is often shown as a dwarf god, with a sticking out tongue and a leonine mane. Bes seems to have been a household deity particularly noted for protecting women and children.


Anna Stevens 2006 'Private Religion at Amarna', BAR International Series 1587, 31-34.

Wellcome Number
243693 (a ticket with this number and pencilled writing 'Earthenware mould with the head of Bes. Egypt' was found (1998) separate from the object).
Sotheby & Co.: 22–23 Oct 1934, Lot 140
Previous Owners
Mansur Abd el-Sayyid Mansoor (1881–1968) | Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome (1853–1936)
Long-term loan, The Wellcome Trust (15 Feb 1971)
Last modified: 19 Jan 2021

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