5 - 6 December 2001
TWO EGYPTIAN OBJECTS
Late Period to Ptolemaic Period, 664-30 B.C.
Including a faience figure of Bes, the bandy-legged deity depicted with his palms open on his hips, the fat folds of his lower abdomen indicated, the details of his grimacing face with protruding tongue well defined; and a bronze shrew, solid cast on an integral base, with distinctive snout and floppy ears
2 in. (5.1 cm) high for the Bes; 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm) long for the shrew (2)
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For a discussion of the shrew's solar symbolism see no. 52 in Schoske and Wildung, Gott und Götter im Alten Ägypten.
The shrew not illustrated
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