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Bes with Lute

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Special Exhibitions, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
Bes was popularly worshipped as protector of women and infants, and as a facilitator of fertility. Shown standing on the head and shoulders of a woman with a baby, in Bes with Lute the god protects the mother and newborn by driving away potential harm with the sounds of his musical instrument. The large, round ears and facial folds seen on the Finial are reminiscent of a snarling lion and connect Bes with powerful felines. Because Bes was a multifaceted god who offered protection during such times of transition as pregnancy and birth, women wore his images, like the Amulet, while giving birth or during rites of passage.
DATES 664-342 B.C.E.
DYNASTY Dynasty 26 to Dynasty 30
PERIOD Late Period
DIMENSIONS with base: 5 3/8 x 1 x 11/16 in. (13.6 x 2.6 x 1.8 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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CAPTION Bes with Lute, 664-342 B.C.E. Bronze, with base: 5 3/8 x 1 x 11/16 in. (13.6 x 2.6 x 1.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.921E. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE front, 37.921E_front_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2011
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