Head of Bes

Egyptian
Hellenistic Period (Ptolemaic dynasty)–Roman Imp


Dimensions

Height x width: 13 x 9.5 cm (5 1/8 x 3 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

72.1344

Medium or Technique

Stone

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Head of Bes made of stone, which is light brown. It is a smooth, polished surface. The lines worn and the edges nicked. A piece is missing from the headdress.

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