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Kohl vessel in the shape of the god Bes
Kohl vessel in the shape of the god Bes - Ancient Art Style
Ref : 89573
28 000 €
Period :
BC to 10th century
Provenance :
Egypt
Medium :
Faience, turquoise-green glaze
Dimensions :
H. 2.44 inch
Ancient Art  - Kohl vessel in the shape of the god Bes
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Kohl vessel in the shape of the god Bes

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.

Provenance :
Private Collection 1960 Paris, France
Hôtel Drouot, 1st July 1998, lot 85

Galerie Cybele

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Ancient Art