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Fragment of a pottery vessel with a painted figure of Bes playing pipes


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Fragment of a pottery vessel with a painted figure of Bes playing pipes








fragment of rim of funnel necked jar, with Bes head decoration in blue, black and red paint. The fragment is decorated with a drawing of the god Bes, who plays the pipes. This type of blue painted pottery was popular in Dynasties 18 to 20. Theh pottery is thought to have originated at Memphis. the examples here are probably from Amarna.

Field Collection

Tell el Amarna (or Malkata) Egypt


depth 1.5 cm
height 19.6 cm
length 21.3 cm


Amarna period
Eighteenth Dynasty
New Kingdom


1351 B.C. — 1334 B.C.


bequeathed: Gayer-Anderson, R.G. (Major) 1943 (Filtered for: Antiquities)


  1. Bourriau, J.D.
    (1981) Umm El-Ga`ab : pottery from the Nile Valley before the Arab conquest (1981) [page: 74]
    [comments: no.140]
  2. (1982) Treasures of the Fitzwilliam Museum , Cambridge (Cambs.) : Pevensey Press (2005) London: Scala [page: 186]

Accession Number

E.GA.6188.1943 (Antiquities)
(Reference Number: 59801; Input Date: 2003-03-25 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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