Cylinder Seal with Bes and Taweret
One of the powerful protective deities was Bes, a bandy-legged, potbellied god with a fiercely grinning leonine face and a lion's feet and tail. Another was Taweret, a pregnant hippopotamus standing upright on lion's feet with a very schematic representation of a crocodile on her back. This cylindrical bead includes a Bes-image, two Taweret figures, and a snake, another protective symbol.
- Medium: Steatite, glazed
- Place Made: Egypt
- Dates: ca. 1938-1759 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: XII Dynasty
- Period: Middle Kingdom
- Dimensions: 1 1/4 x 1/4 in. (3.1 x 0.7 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 44.123.34
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Cylinder Seal with Bes and Taweret, ca. 1938-1759 B.C.E. Steatite, glazed, 1 1/4 x 1/4 in. (3.1 x 0.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 44.123.34. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Best (82%)