Courtesy Ephraim Stern

Ready to fight off evil, Bes stands in a traditional pose, arms akimbo, wearing a truculent expression and his usual feathered headdress. An Egyptian god adopted into the Canaanite-Phoenician pantheon, Bes served as the ordinary person’s chief talisman against evil. He had already assumed a prominent role by the ninth century B.C. During the time of the Dor favissae, Bes was represented in numerous forms, including this 1.5-inch bone pendant.