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Headrest Decorated with Heads of the God Bes

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

  • Reportedly From: Saqqara, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1539–1292 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 18
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 7 1/8 x 3 7/16 x 9 5/8 in. (18.1 x 8.7 x 24.5 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Headrest made of three pieces of wood; top, small central section of supporting column, and base. A small rectangular dowel shows at the top but it is not known how far it descends into the object. The central column is “fluted”, and the under edges of the tips of the top piece are decorated with relief representations of Bes heads. Condition: Most of the tip of one end of the top piece is missing, and the opposite end of the base is broken away. Modern glue; chips and scratches.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Headrest Decorated with Heads of the God Bes, ca. 1539–1292 B.C.E. Wood, 7 1/8 x 3 7/16 x 9 5/8 in. (18.1 x 8.7 x 24.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.443E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.443E_NegA_SL4.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, unedited master file, 37.443E_NegA_SL4.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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