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Ancient Egyptians associated pristine health and beauty with spiritual strength and protection. Therefore artisans crafted cosmetic vessels imbued with spiritual significance. This jar made of Egyptian blue, takes the form of Bes. Bes has been understood as a demon and a god. He ruled over cosmetics, childbirth, humor, and war. Pregnant women were especially protected by Bes.

Cleveland Museum of Art Object Description

Both ancient Egyptian men and women loved cosmetics. Unguents, oils, and perfumes made from aromatic plant resins and gums were obtained at great cost from distant lands. The objects identified with cosmetics were given lavish treatment. The god Bes, patron god of cosmetics, is the subject of this colorful jar.

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