Statue of Bes



Hilton Price Number
HP4153
Object Type
Sculpture, Statue
Material
Faience
Measurements
Height: 3¼ inches
Number of Elements
1
Culture
Egyptian
Animals
Falcon/hawk | Scorpion | Cat | Hippopotamus | Jackal | Lion/lioness | Monkey/baboon/ape | Ram/sheep | Snake
Divine Name
Bes

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Description

Bes, naked, his head surmounted by the modius, the top of which is broken off, holding in his left hand the sceptre with vulture head, and in his right the ankh. His penis is represented by the head of a cat, his knees appear to be the heads of animals, and his feet terminate with the heads of jackals. His back is that of a six-winged hawk, with two pairs of wings expanded, above which his arms are extended, each holding some object; on either side of his head are four heads, a ram, a lion, a hippopotamus, and a lion on one side, and on the other side a hawk, a lion, a --, and an ape. He stands upon an oval pedestal, with a snake coiled round it; beneath are figures of a hippopotamus, a lion, a crocodile, a snake, and scorpions. Plate VIII. H. 3¼ in. Faïence, greyish, has been green. [A like figure is described in Lanzone's Dizionario di Mitologia Egizia, page 211.]

Bibliography

Price, Frederick George Hilton (1909) A catalogue of the Egyptian antiquities in the possession of F. G. Hilton Price, Dir.S.A. Vol. II. London: Bernard Quaritch. Anonymous (1911). Catalogue of the important and extensive collection of Egyptian antiquities, the property of the late F. G. Hilton-Price, Esq. [...] : which will be sold by auction by Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge [...] on Wednesday, 12th July, 1911, and two following days, and on Monday, the 17th of July, and four following days. London: Davy. Lanzone's Dizionario di Mitologia Egizia, page 211.

Last modified: 07 Oct 2021

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