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Protective Figure of Aha-Bes
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Protective Figure of Aha-Bes

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Description Resembling the protective deity Bes, this benevolent demon holds a snake in each hand, symbolizing his ability to ward off the bites and stings of venomous creatures. The figure has the proportions of a dwarf, the head, mane and tail of a lion, and human eyes. Similar figures to this one were depicted on magical wands of the Middle Kingdom. The details of the figure, such as the eyes, mane, nipples, and the snakes are marked with dark blue lines and dots.
Date Description Narrative
Provenance William MacGregor, Tamworth, Staffordshire; Sale, Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, London, June 26-29 and July 4-6, 1922; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1922, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1922

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ca. 1800-1750 BCE (Middle Kingdom, 13th dynasty)
faience with blue glaze
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6 3/4 x 3 x 1 15/16 in. (17.2 x 7.6 x 4.9 cm)


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