BES, an ubiquitous Egyptian God

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by PMONNEY, Dec 22, 2018.


    PMONNEY Flaminivs

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    This popular, small, bearded Egyptian God, crossed the Mediterrannean Sea and is to be found on several small bronze coins discovered in Pompei. It is also represented on coins struck in Ibiza, EBUSUS, Celtic Spain, 2nd, Century BC.,"rebaptized "as Kabeiros. the reverse shows a bucking bull. Please show your Bes/Ebusus coin.


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  3. Ed Snible

    Ed Snible Well-Known Member

    Here's mine. It is tiny and hard to see:

    Balearic Islands off Spain, Ebusus / Ibiza. Octavo (eight unit), AE9x12, 0.87g
    Obv: Kabeiros (Bes?) facing, crowned, holding hammer.
    Rev: Bull grazing r
    cf. Jesús Vico, auction 145, June 2016, lot 39; SNG Munich 339?; I-924. VILL-94/24
    ex-Alex G Malloy, auction LXIII, November 2001, lot 11

    I wanted a nice one but foolishly bought this tiny one. I didn't know they came this small. The tiny one turns out to be incredible rare. I am sure it would like impressive with a run of other denominations. On its own in my collection it just looks poor.
  4. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE

    So, Kabeiros = Bes?

    I do not have Bes, but here is my Kabeiros:

    Troas Birytis 350-300 BCE Æ 9mm1.21g Hd Kabeiros L pileos - two stars above Club within wreath SNG Cop 249
  5. desertgem

    desertgem Senior Errer Collecktor Supporter

    PMONNEY, You have post the same first post in several different threads, which is confusing to members who answered in one , and then unsure about the second. Multiple posting is not allowed, so please limit to on one thread per subject as when you or someone else adds a post it goes back to the top unless it is just a " Bump " type post which also is not allowed. Thanks , Jim
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  6. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter 3rd Century Usurper

    I have no Bes on a coin, but here is an image from Egypt:


    I would recommend to anyone interested in Bes to visit the Temple of Hathor at Denderah, there is a shrine associated with Bes in the Temple. Protector of women in childbirth, chaser of demons, minor god of music and laughter, etc.
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  7. randygeki

    randygeki Coin Collector

    Thats very neat! Cool find
  8. Nvb

    Nvb Well-Known Member

    There's a really nice one coming up for auction Roma E-sale 52
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