A faience pendant from Amarna. This was first catalogued as the head of a captive and then later as the god Bes. Bes seems to have been a household god connected with fertility and the protection of women in childbirth. This item is from Amarna. He is often shown as a dwarf god, with a sticking out tongue and a leonine mane. See City of Akhenaten II plate XXIX, 1 for a similar type of pendant to ours. In the same volume page 30 has a description of a large court, V.36.13 in the North Suburbs which has item 29/73 described as a 'glaze pendant of Bes or a Syrian captive'. Ours is not identical but very similar. (TA.NEG.30-31.O.072). There is another illustrated in The City of Akhenaten I, 1923 plate XXIII.2 which comes from the Main City. However, this is too small to be ours. There is an EES object card TA.OC.30-31.323 which is very similar to this item and the correct size (though ours is more damaged). It seems most likely that the Egypt Centre example is 23/16 from P.46.13, excavated in 1923.
Stevens, Anna, 2006. 'Private Religion at Amarna. The Material Evidence' p43 for more information on amulets of captives.
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