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Cowroid displaying Bes
  • CollectionCollection Egypt
  • Research projectsGlypcol
  • Inventory numberE.05814
  • Object nameStamp seal
  • TitleCowroid displaying Bes
  • CultureEgyptian
  • GeographyPlace of production: Egypt (Africa > North Africa)
    Place of discovery: Unknown
  • Date-945 / -656 (uncertain)
  • PeriodSait Period (Egypt > Late Period)
  • MaterialGraywacke (Stone > Sandstone)
  • DimensionsHeight: 2,4 cm, Width: 1,3 cm, Depth: 0,8 cm
  • OwnerMusées Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire / Koninklijke Musea voor Kunst en Geschiedenis
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The base of this cowroid shows a frontal figure of Bes, god of fertility, the household and protector of mother and child. His tail is visible between his legs and the feathers of his headdress above his head. In each hand he holds a long papyrus stalk, which is rather exceptional because the dwarf god usually holds animals. Above, an upside-down “nb” basket and below the sign for gold, “nbw”. Three bands with cross-hatchings run across the back and the sides of the cowroid.