Description: A good-sized pale blue faience amulet of Bes, the protector of households, mothers and children, depicted naked and wearing a plumed headdress, with hands on thighs and a well-modelled mane at the back of the head; a suspension loop on the reverse. A chip to one side of the plumed headdress, some patchy discolouration and minor encrustation, and a couple of small patches of wear on the reverse, but a nicely modelled example.
Size: 48 mm/1.9 ins. high
Date: Late Period, c. 600-300 B.C.
Provenance: From an Oxfordshire private collection and reportedly acquired from Helios Gallery, Kingsdown, Wiltshire, and originally collected in the early 20th Century.
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