Fragment of faience



Accession Number
EC257
Current Location
House of Death (ground floor), Domestic piety case
Object Type
Receptacle/vessel
Period
Late Period
Material
Faience
Provenance
Egypt
Measurements
Height: 75mm | Width: 50mm | Depth 23mm
Number of Elements
1
Divine Name
Bes

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Description

A fragment of blue faience showing part of the face of Bes. This is probably part of a faience vessel dating to the Late Period. Bes is often, as here, shown as a dwarf god, with a sticking out tongue and a leonine mane. Purchased by Sir Henry Wellcome in Cairo in 1911.

Bibliography

Anonymous. 1996. The face of Egypt: Swansea Festival exhibition: 5 October 1996–5 January 1997. Swansea: Glynn Vivian Art Gallery. [Cat. 68] For information on ceramic Bes vessels See Kaiser, R.K. 2003 'Water, Milk, Beer and Wine for the Living and the Dead: Egyptian and Syrio Palestinian Bes-Vessels from the New Kingdom through the Graeco Roman period' unpublished PhD thesis, University of California.

Other Identity
Cairo 190 (number assigned to the object purchased by Wellcome)
Previous Owner
Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome (1853–1936)
Acquisition
Long-term loan, The Wellcome Trust (15 Feb 1971)
Exhibition
1996–1997, 05 Oct–05 Jan. Swansea, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery and Museum, 'The Face of Egypt'
Last modified: 27 May 2022

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