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Bes, Dwarf-God, statuette of servant girl, carrying an unguent jar


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Title statuette of servant girl, carrying an unguent jar
Collection Artworld: Oriental Museum
Artist Bes, Dwarf-God
Date 1370 BCE (circa)
Description Cosmetic container in the form of a finely carved boxwood statuette of a naked servant girl walking and carrying a large jar on her left hip. The statuette stands on a rectangular wooden pedestal. Her head is shaved except for one lock of hair painted on the right side of the head. The right ear is missing and there is a small circular hole on both sides of the head. There is an ivory mushroom-shaped stud in the left ear lobe. The face is finely carved and painted using black and white paint. There is a necklace, incised and painted, tied at the back of the neck with a pendant in the shape of the god Bes. A girdle is painted in gold around the waist; some of the paint has worn away. The girl is carrying a large jar with both hands and balanced on her left hip. The lid of the jar pivots open; it has a small ivory stud on the lid and another on the side of the jar. The jar would have been used to store cosmetics.
Description Source Birch, S. 1880. Catalogue of the Collection of Egyptian Antiquities at Alnwick Castle, London: R. Clay, Sons, and Taylor, p. 98
Cultural Context Egyptian
Id Number Former Accession N752
Location Creation Site Misr
Location Current Repository The Oriental Museum
Subject sculpture in the round, statuette, woman, cosmetica, god, costume
Measurements 65 x 139 x 82 mm
Context The statuette is thought to have come from the tomb of Meryptah, Sheikh `Abd El-Qurna. Meryptah was the chancellor and chief priest of Amun under Amenhotep III.
Relation References Harris, J.R. 1983. Some Well Known Egyptian Pieces Reconsidered. Arts of Asia, 1983, vol. 13, no. 6, p. 78-79

Hart, G. 1986. A Dictionary of Egyptian Gods and Goddesses. London New York: Routledge & Kegan Paul, p. 58-61

Kozloff, A.P. 1992. I
Rights Oriental Museum, University of Durham, Durham, 2002. All Rights reserved
Rights Owner OM
Style Period New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, Amenhotep III/Amenophis III/Nebmaatre
Work Type statuette
 
 

 

 

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