Head of Bes

Egyptian
Hellenistic Period (Ptolemaic Dynasty)
305–30 B.C.


Dimensions

Length x width x depth: 8 x 5.9 x 1.9 cm (3 1/8 x 2 5/16 x 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

72.1342

Medium or Technique

Stone or hardened beeswax (?)

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

Head of Bes of stone or hardened organic material (possibly beeswax); fragment of amulet or miniature plaque. Well polished with elaborate incised and modeled details. Back badly cracked.

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.
(Accession date: June 28, 1872)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way