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Cosmetic Jar in the Form of the God Bes

Cosmetic Jar in the Form of the God Bes

664-525 BC

Egyptian blue

Overall: 9.3 x 6.1 x 4.1 cm (3 11/16 x 2 3/8 x 1 5/8 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1995.13

Fun Fact

Bes was the Egyptian god of many things, including cosmetics, war, and childbirth.

Description

Both ancient Egyptian men and women loved cosmetics. Unguents, oils, and perfumes made from aromatic plant resins and gums were obtained at great cost from distant lands. The objects identified with cosmetics were given lavish treatment. The luxurious obsidian and gold beaker hints at the precious contents it once held. Others are fanciful in form, such as an ostrich egg. The god Bes, patron god of cosmetics, himself is the subject of a colorful jar. The delicately carved human face and the head of a giraffe decorated elaborate ivory cosmetic spoons.

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