Vessel in the form of the God Bes (Primary Title)
Cosmetic container (Object Name)

Unknown (Artist)

650–550 BC
Overall: 5 5/8 × 3 25/32 × 3 3/8 in. (14.29 × 9.6 × 8.57 cm)
The animal-headed god Bes was a household deity who guided women and children through the perils of pregnancy, childbirth, and infancy. This Bes wears a leopard skin arranged around his neck, a feature that appeared during the Nubian rule of Egypt (Dynasty 25). This vessel once had a lid in the form of Bes’s tall feathered headdress.
Dynasty 26
Late Period (664-332 BC)
Adolph D. and Wilkins C. Williams Fund in memory of Bernard V. Bothmer
“The Centaur’s Smile: The Human Animal in Early Greek Art,” Princeton University Art Museum (Princeton, NJ): October 11, 2003-January 18, 2004; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Houston, TX): 22 February-16 May 2004.

“Mistress of the House, Mistress of Heaven: Women in Ancient Egypt,” Cincinnati Art Museum (Cincinnati, OH): 19 October 1996-5 January 1997; Brooklyn Museum of Art (Brooklyn, NY): 21 February-18 May 1997.
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