Terracotta Relief Head of Bes

Culture: Egyptian
Period: Roman Period, 1st century A.D.
Material: Terracotta
Dimensions: 10.5 cm x 14 cm
Price: Sold
Ref: 1345
Provenance: From an old Parisian private collection.
Condition: Beautifully preserved fragment.
Description: The grotesque-like face with the tongue sticking out, thick daggy beard, lion-like ears and eyes wide open under thick wrinkles and brows. Contrary to the early depictions the already human like features are typical for the Hellenistic influence in the Greek-Roman period. Bes had an apotropaic function in households and temples. He protected against dangerous animals in the desert, such as snakes and scorpions. At the same time he was also worshiped as the god for conception and birth. He was considered as the protector for pregnant women and newborns. His depictions were usually found in bowers and on headboards (especially wedding beds). With color remains. Mounted.