A large Egyptian amulet of the dwarf-god Bes made from brilliant turquoise faience. He is depicted, as is typical, with a lion’s mane surrounding his face and protruding ears, with a feathered headdress upon his head. He appears squatting, knees angularly bent and his hands rest lightly at his waist. The reverse has also been styled, with a broad suspension loop to the back of the head. The characteristic lion’s mane and long tail can also be seen, with additional decoration incised as linear patterns.
Date: Circa 1070 – 712 BC
Period: Third Intermediate Period
Provenance: Property of a South West London gentleman; acquired by his father in the 1970s; by descent 1986.
Condition: Very fine. Small chip to top right of the headress.