Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
One of the most 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.
ca. 1938-1759 B.C.E.
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Cylindrical Bead, ca. 1938-1759 B.C.E. Steatite, glaze, 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 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.37.711E_44.123.34_37.707E_erg456.jpg)
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