, Eustath. on Od. 1.1405
Besa or Bessa, an Alexandrine vessel, having the image of the god
Bes. (Birch's Ancient Pottery.)
an Alexandrine vessel used both for drinking from and also for
holding perfumes in, of the [p. 1.297]
shape of a flask,
broad at the bottom and gradually getting narrower towards the top (Ath.
.); similar to the ἀλάβαστρον
(Schol. on Aristoph.
, compared with 1050) or the βομβύλιος,
which Suidas defines by βησίον.
In Anth. Pal.
Appendix 30, 3, Dindorf
and Jacobs understand βήσαν
as the name of
a dancer, but Ussing does not see any reason to refuse to take it as a
goblet propter salientem inde liquorem.
vessel is Egyptian, so called from having the features of the god Bes
modelled on it, and we may see the shape of it in Birch (Ancient
p. 29). (See also Ussing, De
nominibus vasorum Graecorum,
p. 62; Krause,
379, 380, 407, 408.)