Bes was the protector of the home and the god of family life.
He was favoured by pregnant women and women who hoped to become pregnant.
In birth-houses his image was painted on to the walls and there are many amulets in his shape.
In homes, his image might be painted on to bedroom furniture to ensure a good night’s sleep and protect the sleeper from nightmares and dangerous animals.
People could summon Bes in their dreams.
To do this, they drew a picture of Bes on the palm of their hand, and then recited a magic spell.
They had to write down what Bes said immediately or they would never be ale to remember what he had told them when they woke the next day.
Bes was also the god of medicine.