Amulet of Bes

Egyptian
New Kingdom
1550–1070 B.C.


Dimensions

Overall: 2.2 x 1.1 x 0.5 cm (7/8 x 7/16 x 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

72.872

Medium or Technique

Red jasper

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This amulet of Bes is worked on both sides. The standing figure is executed in openwork. It is pierced vertically for suspension. Polished, dull brick-red.

Provenance

By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way