A LATE PERIOD LIMESTONE STATUETTE OF BES
dynasty xxvi-xxx, 664-343 b.c.
The bandy-legged leonine deity with the characteristic large head and ample stomach, his hair a mass of delicately incised diamond-shapes, the radiating mane with each whisker terminating in a tight curl, the mane framed in such a way to suggest a mask worn over the head and shoulders, his protruding tongue resting on his lower lip, his upper teeth visible, his banded eyes and cosmetic lines echoed by incised ridges above, with pointed brows rising up from the bridge of his broad nose, his head surmounted by a cushion-shaped crown, wearing a heart amulet on a heavy cord and a belted animal skin
4 in. (11.4 cm.) high