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Bes and Wadjet-eye Plaque

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

MEDIUM Faience or glazed steatite
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES 664–332 B.C.E.
    PERIOD Late Period
    DIMENSIONS 3/16 x 3/8 x 9/16 in. (0.5 x 0.9 x 1.4 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Cobalt blue glazed composition plaque. The color was probably intended to imitate lapis lazuli. The plaque is rectangular in shape. On one side is a representation of a "wadjet" eye; on the opposite side is a representation of Bes. The technique used for the representations is incised line drawing. There is a hole at each end of the piece but the two apertures are not connected. The holes, may, therefore be modern. Condition: Surface bearing the representation of the eye is rough and incrusted.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Bes and Wadjet-eye Plaque, 664–332 B.C.E. Faience or glazed steatite, 3/16 x 3/8 x 9/16 in. (0.5 x 0.9 x 1.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1337E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.37.1337E_view1.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, CUR.37.1337E_view1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
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