Female figure on bed

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


Findspot: Egypt, Sheikh Farag, S F 189

Dimensions

Length: 12.5 cm (4 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

13.3834

Medium or Technique

Pottery

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Nude female figure extended on a bed with a funerary cone on her head and round disc earrings. It is made of pottery. The bottom of the bed and the bottom legs are missing. There is a small child in relief at the left leg of the figure. The surface is much worn. Traces of black paint remain on the wig. The precise function of these figurines is uncertain. They have been called fertilty figures, concubine figures, dolls, or representations of goddeses.

Provenance

From Sheikh Farag, S.F. / 189. 1913: excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition