Introduction film for the exhibition 'Bes, Small God in Ancient Egypt' at the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam
His short and crooked legs, his stuck-out tongue, feather headdress and fat belly make Bes an instantly recognisable figure from Ancient Egypt.
His popularity meant that he was depicted on amulets, furniture, columns, vases and tableware, and as a small or large statue. Egyptian elite culture and its death cult are, for once, not the focus of this exhibition. Bes played a role in everyday life and between people: from pharaohs to slaves, from pregnant women to frightened children, and from warriors in combat to cheerful partygoers.
Allard Pierson Museum, Amsterdam
(Oct '19 - Aug '20)
Museum August Kessner, Hannover
Client: Allard Pierson Museum
Director: Mirjam Debets
Script: Kathelijne Eisses
Animation: Mirjam Debets
Wilbert van Veldhuizen
Sound: Selle Sellink
Music: Hans Nieuwenhuijsen
Voice: Emmanuel Boafo