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Lot 77, Auction 5/30/2017: Ancient Egyptian Faience Fragmented of Bes

Egypt, Third Intermediate Period, XXVth Dynasty, ca. 626 BCE. This diminutive green glazed statuette of the dwarf god Bes features him in a classic pose with his hand grasping at a finely-manicured beard, open mouth, outstretched tongue, large nose, and almond-shaped eyes. Such a figure, given the size, would have been used as a personal talisman of protection for the wearer. Traces of original pigmentation can still be seen around the face, arms, and back of the head. Custom museum-quality stand included. Size: 1.625" W x 1.625" H (4.1 cm x 4.1 cm); 2.95" H (7.5 cm) on stand.

Condition: Surface wear, abrasions, and mineral deposits commensurate with age, and ancient losses to arms, top of head, and torso. Areas of original pigmentation remain.

Provenance: Ex-private Bob Brand and Liz Werthan collection, Philadelphia, PA, USA

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