Finial with Figure of the God Bes. Third Intermediate Period, Dynasty 21 to Dynasty 25, circa 1075–656 B.C.E. Bronze,15-15/16 x 2-13/16 in. (40.5 x 7.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 46.127
Bes was popularly worshipped as protector of women and infants, and as a facilitator of fertility. The large, round ears and facial folds seen here are reminiscent of a snarling lion and connect Bes with powerful felines.