Bronze Statuette of Bes

Culture: Egyptian
Period: Late Period, 664-332 B.C.
Material: Bronze
Dimensions: 9.4 cm high
Price: 10 000 Euro
Ref: 1398
Provenance: From an old French private collection. Thence with Royal Athena Gallery in New York (inventory CLC510). On 2 October 2006 sold to a private collector in New York. With a copy of the invoice.
Condition: Feet missing, missing parts on the back of the right leg. A stable crack on the back of the left leg.
Description: Massive solid bronze statuette of the dwarf-like tutelary god Bes. His face is typically grotesque with a shaggy beard, bulging brows, protruding goat ears and prominent cheekbones. Bes, considered as the tutelary god of birth, mothers and children, holds in his right raised hand a seated falcon with fine plumage. The left arm standing away from his upper body, the hand placed sideways on the thigh. The figure stands with its legs apart and without clothes, a lion skin hanging down on the back. On the chest Bes wears a necklace with pendants. The crown, Bes mostly wears a feather crown, consists of a different material, which was embedded from the top and fixed on the sides through the perforations. An extraordinary and rare depiction. Mounted.