Bes was often identified as the Egyptian God of childbirth. He was also known as a marriage-god and presided over the toilet of women. Mirrors are often found with Bes carved into their handles. It is believed that Bes originated to the south of Egypt in Punt or Nubia. Bes usually appears as a dwarf with facial hair.

This representation of Bes is from a block found at the Temple of Isis at Philae in Aswan.

copyright 1999,2000 by Kathi Haynes

Last updated 9/28/2000

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