Posts tagged with: Bes

Just to come full circle… previously, we blogged about full days of papers one and two. Our conference launched on Monday, 21 March, with offerings of wine and chocolate to pacify all the beings. Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Martin Stringer kicked off the event with a stimulating unscripted talk that really set the...
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Just came across this rather nifty Bes in the Brooklyn Museum. Take a close look at those claws!  ...
  Armed and dangerous: An iconography of protective Middle and New Kingdom demons Wednesday, 3 December 2014, 7 pm Fulton House 2, Swansea University, Wales During the New Kingdom, seemingly mundane household pieces of furniture began to be decorated with images of hybrid creatures engaged in fierce warrior dances. While...
This dancing demon from headrest Louvre AE 4093 + AE4231 is just one of the many that will be discussed at the international Conference: Company of Images: Modelling the ancient Egyptian imaginary world of the Middle Kingdom 18-20 September 2014: Institute of Archaeology, University College, London You can find much more at...
Modelling the ancient Egyptian imaginary world of the Middle Kingdom International Conference: 18-20 September 2014: Institute of Archaeology, University College, London The purpose of this conference is to explore the fertile imaginary world of Middle Bronze Age Egypt (2000-1500BC) through its material culture and the archaeological sources from which such...
  • Demon dog knife breast snake Dirpu mythlogical
Day 9 of the Ancient Egyptian Demon Advent Calendar is a hybrid entity with a dog or jackal head, Bes-image type body with a pendulous breast, and a tail. He (she? it?) is shown in profile, moving forwards holding a knife in each hand, and snake draped over the forward...
  • Bes with foot knife
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...
  • Amarna Beset amulet necklace
Swansea’s Egypt Centre has brought an interesting amulet to light. Has anybody seen other Bes’s like this, with hair like this? The long locks on the central figure look most unusual. Perhaps this is not even a Bes(et) at all? Check out their blog for details and the full debate! http://egyptcentre.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/amarna-daemons-beset.html...
  • Bes headrest Louvre AE4093 Bbb33
Is it just me, or does the New Kingdom Bes bear a striking resemblance to a “haka” (Maori warrior dance) dancer?     It is not only the defiant intimidating dance. Many of the physical characteristics  of Bes (aside from his lion-like ears and mane) are his “scary” face, often...
  • Ancient Egyptian bes with tambour
Recently I was discussing one my favorite little demon / god / entity things, Bes, with a professional drummer. He pointed out that while Egyptologists often call the instrument that Bes holds in images from the New Kingdom onwards a “tambourine.” In fact, this is imprecise.        ...