Female figure on bed

Egyptian
Late Old Kingdom-Middle Kingdom
2465–1640 B.C.


Dimensions

Height x width: 7.9 x 5.7 cm (3 1/8 x 2 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

72.1618

Medium or Technique

Pottery

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Woman and child on a bed, she offers her breast to the child. There is a funerary cone on her head. One leg of the bed is missing. It is made of dull red clay, without glaze. Traces of black and white paint remain. It is much worn, and very rude work. The precise function of these figurines is uncertain. They have been called fertilty figures, concubine figures, dolls, or representations of goddeses.

Provenance

By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.
(Accession date: June 28, 1872)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way