Ptolemaic Period, 332-30 B.C.
Standing upon a small base, Bes is represented here in typical form. He is depicted as a bandy-legged dwarf, with feet apart and bent knees, his sexual organ at rest, hands on his hips, and chubby facial features with a pronounced nose. He has ‘V’-shaped eyebrows and a beard detailed in black. He wears a yellow lion skin over his shoulders and down his back that is secured by a belt in blue. The vessel is open on top of the head.
Bes was a protective spirit who warded off evil influences at childbirth. Although a deity for whom there were no temples, the large number of surviving amulets with his distinctive features indicate his great popularity throughout the later Dynastic Period.
Private Collection 1960 Paris, France
Hôtel Drouot, 1st July 1998, lot 85
2 400 €
14 000 €