Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Ugly Object of the Month – February | Kelsey Museum
On 02/06/17 05:41, cperson01 wrote:
Ugly Object of the Month – February

SUZANNE DAVIS, Curator of Conservation

This month's ugly object is one of ancient Egypt's niftiest, most all-purpose and off-the-chain gods: the god of war, but also of childbirth, fertility, sexuality, and humor, he was also known as a protector of the household. He's never the tallest or best-looking guy in the room, but he's one of our very favorites – he's Bes.

Bes figurine. Faience. 1st – 3rd c AD. University of Michigan excavations at Karanis, Egypt. 25979.


This particular Bes figurine looks (take your pick) like a gremlin or an ewok, or one of many other creatures one might find in the Nordic fairy-tale woods. The way he's manufactured also makes him look kind of like a gummy bear. No matter, folks! Beauty isn't everything, and Bes is up to the job. See him yourself – he's on view at the Kelsey starting February 10, as part of the special exhibition, "The Art and Science of Healing: From Antiquity to the Renaissance."

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