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Figure of Bes as a warrior brandishing a sword - ROM2010_11669_23

ROM2010_11669_23

Figure of Bes as a warrior brandishing a sword

Medium:Mould-made earthenware with traces of white slip and green pigment (terracotta)
Geography: Egypt
Date: c. 75-125 AD
Period: Roman Imperial period
Dimensions:
36 x 16.4 cm
Object number: 910.130.68
Credit Line: The Walter Massey Collection
On view
Gallery Location:Eaton Gallery of Rome: Roman Egypt
Description

Other popular Egyptian Deities

  • Osiris-Canopus took the form of a Canopic jar with the head of Osiris. Symbolically, the jars carried water from the Nile, Egypt's source of fertility through Osiris.

  • The Sphinx, dating back to the Old Kingdom, was a human-headed lion closely associated with the sun god Sekhmet.

  • Hathor, the cow goddess, was protectress of the necropolis and consoler of the dead.

  • Bes, a grotesque dwarf, was an immensely popular domestic deity whose ugliness deflected evil. As a birth deity, Bes kept snakes away from newborn infants.


Collection:
Roman WorldEgypt
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