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.

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