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King Tut Vase in god Bes form

King Tut Vase in god Bes form was found in the Annex, but the crown was removed by ancient robbers and was lying on the floor nearby at the time of discovery. It represents a lion; most probably it could be god Bes.
 

King Tut Vase in god Bes form



Egyptian God Bes


God Bes was a household deity. He was the god of music, fun and merrymaking and he was thought to protect women during childbirth. He was also thought to protect against snakes through his role as a household guardian.

Egyptian God Bes

He was represented on most of cosmetic containers and objects associated with beauty e.g. mirrors etc.. Recent opinions has suggested that he composed a triad with Taweret (represented as a pregnant hippopotamus) as consort and Meskhent (goddess of the birthing bricks) as their daughter, and they were all associated with childbirth.



King Tut Vase in god Bes form


The lion or BES is standing upright on a pedestal. The head and the body were hollowed out to hold unguent or perfume, traces of which could still be seen at the top of the container.The container is made out of alabaster while the tongue and the teeth made out of Ivory. The tongue is painted red. The left front paw rests on the hieroglyphic sign SA, sign of protection, while the right one is held up either to greet the people or to ward off the evil in a gesture meaning to stop.  
 
 
 King Tut Vase in god Bes form
 
 
The right back paw is stepping forward in contrast to the left leg stepping forward attitude of kings. Over the head there is a crown decorated with floral and geometrical motifs serving as the mouth of the jar. The earlobes are pierced to hold earrings. The names and titles of the king and queen are inscribed on the chest.  At the back of the figure, there is a representation of a blue rosette or a tuft of hair on the shoulder of the lion and this sign was proved that this lion belongs to Tutankhamun .






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