Scene from a Magical Papyrus
The standing winged creature seen here is known as the nineheaded Bes figure, a divine protector of the birth of the king and of the sun. This form of Bes was closely associated with the evening and the night part of the solar cycle. He thus also played an important role as guardian of sleeping women and children, particularly against the dangers of the night, represented here by the noxious creatures contained in the oval upon which he stands. The firebrands that surround him represent destructive forces directed at anyone who approaches.
- Medium: Papyrus, ink
- Possible Place Made: Heliopolis, Egypt
- Dates: 7th - 4th century B.C.E.
- Period: Late Period
- Dimensions: a: Glass: 7 1/2 x 26 3/8 in. (19 x 67 cm) a: Object: 4 7/8 x 23 1/4 in. (12.4 x 59 cm) b: Frame: 7 1/16 x 32 1/2 in. (18 x 82.5 cm) b: Object: 4 1/2 x 30 3/16 in. (11.5 x 76.7 cm) c: Frame: 8 7/8 x 34 1/16 in. (22.6 x 86.5 cm) c: Object: 29 15/16 x 4 7/8 in. (76.1 x 12.4 cm) d: Glass: 8 1/16 x 10 1/16 in. (20.5 x 25.5 cm) d: Largest Fragment
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 47.218.156a-d
- Credit Line: Bequest of Theodora Wilbour from the collection of her father, Charles Edwin Wilbour
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: Scene from a Magical Papyrus, 7th - 4th century B.C.E. Papyrus, ink, a: Glass: 7 1/2 x 26 3/8 in. (19 x 67 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Theodora Wilbour from the collection of her father, Charles Edwin Wilbour, 47.218.156a-d
- Catalogue Description: Papyrus inscribed in Hieratic, red and black, with magical text. Two vignettes of Atum as serpent deity standing before composite deity.
- Record Completeness: Best (91%)