Wednesday, 21 May 2014


A wooden figurine of the divine magician Beset, wearing a mask and holding two copper serpents. Found with a group of magic objects and papyri in the tomb of a priest near the Ramesseum, Thebes 1900 BC
Beset was the female counterpoint of Bes and performed similar functions. She was also a protector deity and the goddess of childbirth and health. (Picture is from Rosalie David's book 'Religion and Magic in Ancient Egypt)

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