In Egyptian mythology, Bes was a deity of either African or Semitic origin who came to Egypt by Dynasty XII. Depicted as a bearded, savage-looking yet comical dwarf, shown full-face in images (highly unusual by Egyptian artistic conventions).
Revered as a deity of household pleasures such as music, good food, and relaxation. Also a protector and entertainer of children.
However, many texts point to the idea that Bes was a terrible, avenging deity, who was as swift to punish the wicked as he was to amuse and delight the righteous.
[Source: Shawn C. Knight, "Egyptian Mythology FAQ" ]