Pottery mould for a Bes amulet



Accession Number
EC671
Current Location
House of Life (first floor), Amarna case
Object Type
Implements and utensils, Mould, Amulet mould
Material
Pottery
Measurements
Height: 31mm | Width: 20mm | Depth: 9mm
Number of Elements
1
Divine Name
Bes

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Description

A pottery mould for making a faience amulet of Bes. The term 'Bes' is applied to a number of deities from the Middle Kingdom onwards. These deities tend to have leonine features and were connected with the sun god. Bes 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.

Bibliography

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

Other Identity
243693 (W) ? (A ticket with this number and pencilled writing 'Earthenware mould with the head of Bes. Egypt' was found (1998) separate from an object. It is not known to which Bes mould the ticket belongs.) | 243692 (W) ? (A ticket with this number and pencilled writing 'Earthenware mould with the head of Bes. Egypt' was found (1998) separate from an object. It is not known to which Bes mould the ticket belongs.)
Previous Owner
Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome (1853–1936)
Acquisition
Assumed long-term loan, The Wellcome Trust (15 Feb 1971)
Last modified: 07 Jul 2021

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