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Name of Object:

The Statue of The God Bes


Istanbul, Turkey

Holding Institution:

Istanbul Archaeological Museums (Tiled Kiosk)

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Date of Object:

Statue: about 600-500 BC; photo: 19th century


Amanthus (Cyprus)


A large statue of dwarf God Bes is located in the Aessos Works Hall. Bes was an ancient Egyptian dwarf god. He was a complex being who was both a deity and a demonic fighter. He was a god of war, yet he was also a patron of childbirth and the home, and was associated with sexuality, humour, music and dancing. Bes also became popular with the Phoenicians and in Cyprus.

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"The Statue of The God Bes" in "Sharing History", Museum With No Frontiers, 2022. https://sharinghistory.museumwnf.org/database_item.php?id=object;AWE;tr;190;en

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MWNF Working Number: TR2 186

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