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Bust of Bes
Bust of Bes - Ancient Art Style
Ref : 85259
18 000 €
Period :
BC to 10th century
Provenance :
Medium :
Antique Yellow Marble
Dimensions :
H. 9.06 inch
Galerie Cybele


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Bust of Bes

Ptolemaic - Roman Period - 3th Century B.C. - 2nd Century A.D.

The fragmentary dwarf god depicted wearing a fluted, flared crown, his face with a furrowed forehead, his eyebrows drawn into a frown between sunken eyes, and a long curling moustache (spelling!) and beard which is encompassing a pendant. His right arm is preserved. Wearing a pendant at his chest, the left side and legs missing.
Despite his rather unattractive appearance, he was a benevolent deity, and protected people during vulnerable periods by keeping malevolent spirits at bay. He was a particular favorite among pregnant women.

Provenance : Royal-Athena Galleries, New York, Art of the Ancient World, vol. XXII, 2011
Hermione Speier Collection, Assistant Librarian of the Vatican in Rome, 1940s-50s, thence by descent.

Galerie Cybele


Ancient Art