Egyptian Sandstone Figure of the God Bes - DJ.1048 - For Sale

Egyptian Sandstone Figure of the God Bes - DJ.1048
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Origin: Sinai
Circa: 650 BC to 300 BC
Dimensions: 10.5" (26.7cm) high
Collection: Egyptian Antiquities
Style: Late Dynastic Period
Medium: Sandstone
Condition: Extra Fine
This arresting sandstone sculpture of an obese homunculus is in fact a Late Dynastic period representation of the god Bes (or Bisu). He is shown in traditional, and even somewhat exaggerated style, standing full square with his right arm raised and his left gripping the neck of a snake. His face is positively demonic, with pouchy cheeks, protuberant eyes, a snub nose and a host of accessory features that lends him an appearance that stands alone in the Egyptian pantheon.
Bes is a domestic god, who eventually moved on from the protection of houses, women, children and general domesticity to being the embodiment of good and the enemy of evil. He is usually shown in his role as a protector, strangling snakes (cats performed a similar function, and his name springs from the Nubian word for cat [besa]) and often surrounded by women or children. His origin is uncertain, although earlier research claiming a Nubian ancestry have been repudiated by later work indicating that he is in fact a product of Old/Middle Kingdom Egyptian culture. His cult, however, did not rise to prominence until well into the New Kingdom and the Late Period. Recent research indicates that his original representation was that of a lion rearing up on its hind legs, which partly explains his peculiar appearance.

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