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Relief Bes Model 1 3D Model
Photograph taken April 2018 while on temporary exhibit “Beyond the Nile” at the Getty Center, Los Angeles, CA.
Relief with Bes Dancing Romano-Egvptian. 30 BC-AD 100
The dwarflike Egyptian god Bes was a protector of women and the household. Here his face is both humorous and frightful, with bushy eyebrows and a protruding tongue. His oversize phallus emphasizes his role in warding off evil while stressing virility. The dynamic contortion of Bes’s pose derives from Greek models rather than traditional Egyptian images, and his appearance in this relief recalls paintings of dancing dwarfs found in Pompeii.
Permanently housed: Allard Pierson Museum, Archaeological Museum of the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands Accession No.: 7967 EX.2018.4 117