Ancient Egyptian Demon Advent Calendar, Day 5: Kick-fighter!

Bes with foot knife
Headrest with Image of Bes, ca. 1539-1190 B.C.E. Wood, 7 x 11 1/4 x 3 in. (17.8 x 28.6 x 7.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.435E. Creative Commons-BY

Day 5 of the Demon Advent calendar features a demon who is armed to the feet!  This particular one is the form of a Bes-image, but they come in a range of forms. As with many others, this one is found on the base of a headrest to protect the sleeper. His posture suggests he is engaged in a warrior dance as are the other demons seen on this blog post on the haka. A butcher knife protrudes from his foot, ready to engage the enemy…

Base of headrest with Bes armed with a knife on his foot
Headrest with Two Images of Bes, ca. 1539-1190 B.C.E. Wood, 7 x 11 1/4 x 3 in. (17.8 x 28.6 x 7.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.435E. Creative Commons-BY


Who else fought with a weapon on her foot? Rosa Klebb fighting James Bond in From Russia With Loves.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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