As R.S. Bianchi explains (p. 210 in Friedman, op. cit) this Bes plaque would have been fitted into a papyriform scepter, similar to the attachment of a mirror plate and its handle. Most likely additional attachments were secured to the feathers at the perforations. Bianchi calls this object a prophylactic charm and discusses Bes' identity and function to combat the anxiety of the changing conditions from one state to another. He points to changes from the Old to the New Year, the birth of a child, and the annual flooding of the Nile. "In ancient Egyptian thinking, these transitions could be aborted by the presence of malevolent forces of chaos, but these forces in turn were thought to be checked by the powers of Bes, each of which was positively reinforced by his various attributes."