Faience Necklace with Bes Amulets

Culture: Egyptian
Period: Late Period, 664-332 B.C.
Material: Fayence
Dimensions: 55 cm long
Price: 2 200 Euro
Ref: 1347
Provenance: New York private collection, acquired in the 1980s by Henry Anavian, Sumer Gallery, New York.
Condition: Restrung and ready to wear. Amulets intact.
Description: Necklace with eleven faience amulets in the form of the dwarf protective god Bes with feather crown. The amulets in blue and green with yellow highlighted details which indicate that they all originate from the same workshop and belong together. Between the Bes amulets green faience tubes and rings. Bes is considered as the protector of pregnant women and newborns. Amulets such as the present one were therefore worn in particular by women. Ready to wear with a modern clasp.