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Figurines of the God Bes in the Collection of the Pushkin Museum of Fine Art

Figurines of the God Bes in the Collection of the Pushkin Museum of Fine Art FIGURINES OF THE GOD BES IN THE COLLECTION OF THE PUSHKIN MUSEUM OF FINE ART SVETLANA HODJASH (Pushkin Museum of Fine Art, Moscow) In Leipzig in 1877, the Russian Egyptologist Vladimir Golenishchev first published the Mettemich stele with a depiction of the god Horus standing on crocodiles and with the head of Bes above him - a stele designed to protect man from the bites of snakes, scorpions and other unpleasant creatures. This stele had been presented to Mehemet Ali in 1828. At the present time it is in the Metropolitan Museum in New York. V.S. Golenishchev had a mould of the stele made and he used this to make the papier-mache copy which is in the Pushkin Museum in Moscow. The Mettemich stele depicts the god Horus with the curls of youth and a royal cobra-crown. Horus is standing on two crocodiles and is holding in his hands two scorpions, two snakes and a gazelle. Above Horus' head, the head of a dwarf-god - the monster Bes - has been depicted. After the publication of the Mettemich stele V.S. Golenishchev never returned to investigation of this magical protection, yet throughout his life he collected artefacts linked with http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Ancient Civilizations from Scythia to Siberia Brill

Figurines of the God Bes in the Collection of the Pushkin Museum of Fine Art

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Brill
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© 2000 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0929-077X
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1570-0577
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10.1163/157005700X00069
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Abstract

FIGURINES OF THE GOD BES IN THE COLLECTION OF THE PUSHKIN MUSEUM OF FINE ART SVETLANA HODJASH (Pushkin Museum of Fine Art, Moscow) In Leipzig in 1877, the Russian Egyptologist Vladimir Golenishchev first published the Mettemich stele with a depiction of the god Horus standing on crocodiles and with the head of Bes above him - a stele designed to protect man from the bites of snakes, scorpions and other unpleasant creatures. This stele had been presented to Mehemet Ali in 1828. At the present time it is in the Metropolitan Museum in New York. V.S. Golenishchev had a mould of the stele made and he used this to make the papier-mache copy which is in the Pushkin Museum in Moscow. The Mettemich stele depicts the god Horus with the curls of youth and a royal cobra-crown. Horus is standing on two crocodiles and is holding in his hands two scorpions, two snakes and a gazelle. Above Horus' head, the head of a dwarf-god - the monster Bes - has been depicted. After the publication of the Mettemich stele V.S. Golenishchev never returned to investigation of this magical protection, yet throughout his life he collected artefacts linked with

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Ancient Civilizations from Scythia to SiberiaBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2000

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