Object Based Learning

Bes Amulet


MU520 is a green faience amulet. It is a small object (see dimensions) depicting the face and head of the god Bes. The amulet shows Bes in his typical form as a dwarf with wide flaring nostrils, a furrowed brow, lion's ears and mane and wearing a feathered headdress. A hole runs through the bottom of the headdress to allow the amulet to be strung and worn close to the body. Bes was a popular household deity associated with the protection of women and children. It was believed that he would ward off evil such as injury, illness and misadventure through his intimidating appearance and by making loud noises and throwing knives when danger was near.


Bes Amulet
Macquarie University History Museum
Archaeology,Daily Life,Artefact,Egypt,
Ancient History (Year 11 & 12)
Late or Graeco-Roman Period
500-100 BCE
Dark green faience
4.1cm (h) x 3.6cm (w) x 0.6cm (d)
Macquarie University, MAC


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