Head of Bes
Hellenistic Period (Ptolemaic Dynasty)
Length x width x depth: 8 x 5.9 x 1.9 cm (3 1/8 x 2 5/16 x 3/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Stone or hardened beeswax (?)
Not On View
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.
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)
Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way