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Pantheistic Bes
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Pantheistic Bes

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Description This depicts a composite deity who has the attributes, and therefore the powers, of several different gods. The face of the god Bes, the twin plumes and ram horns of Amun's crown, the head of an ibis crowned by the crescent and full moon of Thoth, and several snakes and crocodiles can be seen. The wings and falcon tail are related to the sky god Horus, and the jackal Anubis. There are many more aspects which refer to a multitude of divine aspects. By incorporating these elements into a single figure, the statuette protected the owner from many evils.

Examined and cleaned in preparation for loan.

Examined and cleaned in preparation for loan

Date Description Narrative
12/31/1969ExaminationExamined, cleaned
12/31/1969TreatmentExamined, cleaned
9/26/2011Treatmentloss compensation; stabilized; other
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1931, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1931

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ca. 250-100 BCE (Greco-Roman)
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H: 9 15/16 × W: 5 1/8 × D:3 7/8 in. (25.2 × 13 × 9.9 cm); H with Tang: 10 1/2 × W: 5 1/8 × D: 3 7/8 in. (26.7 × 13 × 9.9 cm)
  • Egypt (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
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