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Scarab displaying Bes
  • CollectionCollection Egypt
  • Research projectsGlypcol
  • Inventory numberE.07107
  • Object nameStamp seal
  • TitleScarab displaying Bes
  • CultureEgyptian
  • GeographyPlace of production: Egypt (Africa > North Africa)
    Place of discovery: Unknown
  • Date-945 / -656
  • Period25nd dynasty and contemporaries (Egypt > Third Intermediate Period)
  • MaterialFaience (Earth > Clay > Ceramics > Earthenware)
  • TechniqueGlaze (Ceramics (techniques) > Decoration and finishing)
  • DimensionsHeight: 2,1 cm, Width: 1,8 cm, Depth: 1,2 cm
  • OwnerMusées royaux d'art et d'histoire/Koninklijke Musea voor Kunst en Geschiedenis
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The base shows a frontal view of Bes, god of fertility and the household, protector of mother and child. His hands are placed on his hips; his tail is visible between his bent knees and four plumes form his headdress. Such figures appear on scarabs from the Ramessid Period onwards and scarabs with the same motif were found in Egypt, the Levant, Cyprus and the Mediterranean, even in Italy.