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Fragment of a pottery vessel with a painted figure of Bes playing pipes: E.GA.6188.1943

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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. The pottery is thought to have originated at Memphis. The examples here are probably from Amarna.

Measurements and weight

Depth: 1.5 cm
Height: 19.6 cm
Length: 21.3 cm

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21.3 cm19.6 cm1.5 cm What does this represent?

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  • Tell el Amarna (or Malkata) Egypt

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1943) by Gayer-Anderson, R. G. (Major)


Amarna period
Eighteenth Dynasty
New Kingdom
-1351 - 1334 -1334

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Identification numbers

Accession number: E.GA.6188.1943
Primary reference Number: 59801
Oldadmincategory: P
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 23 April 2021 Last processed: Saturday 24 April 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Antiquities

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