Jun 19, 2007
Jun 19, 2007
Jun 19, 2007
Jun 19, 2007

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


Did you know?

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


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 god Bes, patron god of cosmetics, is the subject of this colorful jar.

See also

Contact us

The information about this object, including provenance, may not be currently accurate. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email collectionsdata@clevelandart.org.

To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.

All images and data available through Open Access can be downloaded for free. For images not available through Open Access, a detail image, or any image with a color bar, request a digital file from Image Services.