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Cowroid displaying Bes
  • CollectionCollection Egypt
  • Research projectsGlypcol
  • Inventory numberE.02795
  • Object nameStamp seal
  • TitleCowroid displaying Bes
  • CultureEgyptian
  • GeographyPlace of discovery: Unknown
    Place of production: Egypt (Africa > North Africa)
  • Date-1295 / -1069
  • Period20th dynasty (Egypt > New Kingdom)
  • MaterialSteatite (mineral) (Stone > Mineral)
  • DimensionsHeight: 4,3 cm, Width: 2,2 cm, Depth: 1 cm
  • OwnerMusées Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire / Koninklijke Musea voor Kunst en Geschiedenis
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This kauroid seal has a flat top and a band with cross-hatching running around the sides. The base shows three registers, separated by a double line. Above and below are two uraei on each side of a beetle. In the middle, a prisoner to the right, his arms tied on his back, and to his left the god Bes drinking from a vase with a straw (also E.5353). Bes became popular on seals starting from the Ramessid period onwards. The division into registers appears on Ramessid scarabs as well and therefore this seal probably dates from the 19th-20th century.