Period: Neo-Assyrian Date: ca. 8th century B.C. Geography: Mesopotamia, Nimrud (ancient Kalhu, IRAQ) Culture: Assyrian 1958, excavated by Sir Max Mallowan on behalf of the British School of Archaeology in Iraq and the Metropolitan Museum of Art; ceded to the British School of Archaeology in Iraq in the division of finds; acquired by the Museum in 1959, purchased from British School of Archaeology in Iraq
Carved black limestone statue of Bes, the Egyptian bandy-legged, dwarf deity with a lion's ears, mane, and tail. Bes is usually depicted as a bearded, savage-looking, yet comical figure, believed to guard against evil spirits and misfortune. Dirt patina. Ptolemaic. 305-30 BC
1st-2nd century A.D.Egypt Bronze with gold and glass inlay This palm (joining piece) of a ceremonial fan depicts a royal baldachin (canopy over a throne) atop an umbel, the flower section of the papyrus plant. On the back of the palm are sockets for three ostrich plumes. The lower end is made to fit onto a long staff. Goddesses holding feathered fans flank the pharaoh seated beneath the canopy.