Bes the Magical Protector poster by Ptahmassu Nofra-Uaa. Our posters are produced on acid-free papers using archival inks to guarantee that they last a lifetime without fading or loss of color. All posters include a 1" white border around the image to allow for future framing and matting, if desired.
The image of Bes has a long and esteemed place in the history of Egyptian iconography. Regarded first and foremost as an apotropaic, magical deity,... more
The image of Bes has a long and esteemed place in the history of Egyptian iconography. Regarded first and foremost as an apotropaic, magical deity, Bes appears frequently in the domestic sphere, on household accouterments such as chairs, beds, headrests and cosmetic implements. His presence in these regards is hardly whimsical or merely decorative, but reflects, rather, the petitioning of Bes in His role of defensive deity- a deity who controls the forces of the noxious and lethal.
The image of Bes seen here depicts the God with His most common and prominent attributes, essentially a god of magical protection. His magical nature is highlighted by His gesture of grasping two cobras, a form of Bes echoed on the surface of ancient apotropaic wands made of hippopotamus ivory. In such depictions, Bes stands in the place of the divine magician who wields power over violent and chaotic forces. Such wands were used for tracing protective circles around the beds of infants and children...
About Ptahmassu Nofra-Uaa
Ptahmassu Nofra-Uaa is an internationally recognized artist, writer, human rights spokesperson and spiritual teacher, whose scholarship and vision have been noted by significant members of the metaphysical and cultural arts communities. Born in San Diego, California into a family of artists, he began at six years of age to receive instruction in figure studies, watercolor technique, and Old World oil painting methods from his father, an accomplished portrait and landscape painter.
At the age of six, Ptahmassu began what has evolved into a life long obsession with the civilization, art and religious practices of the ancient Egyptians. Even at this tender age, the boy astonished (and not a little horrified) his parents when he declared...