Bes, Small God in Ancient Egypt

Animated introduction film and illustrations for the exhibition Bes, Small God in Ancient Egypt at the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam. The film was continuously playing at the entrance of the exhibition, the illustrations were used as murals, wallpaper and on the merchandise available in the museum shop.

After almost a full year in Amsterdam (Oct '19 - Aug '20) the exhibition now travels to Museum August Kessner in Hannover.

Commissioned by:
Mirjam Debets
Kathelijne Eisses
Emmanuel Boafo
Selle Sellink
Hans Nieuwenhuijsen
Mirjam Debets
Iris Frankhuizen
Wilbert van Veldhuizen

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.

Read more about the exhibition here:

NRC - 'Bes: een boze dwerg die de mens bijstaat'
Parool - 'Dit aaibare heerschap was in het Oude Egypte de god van iedereen'
Telegraaf - 'Grappige god voor het hele gezin'

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