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Female statuette

Middle Kingdom

Findspot: Egypt, Deir el-Bersha, Tomb 19b


Length approximately 29 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Africa and Oceania, The Ancient World



Standing figure of a woman wearing a knee-length dress. Legs are together and have pegs for feet. Traces of white paint for dress and black bands at ankles. Shoulder length black wig with two lapets on chest. Face mostly eroded but left ear and left side of face is still preserved. One arm missing, but would have attached with pegs. Other arm is 15-5-793; paddle-like hand with only thumb and one finger tip delineated. Arm is out of proportion to the figure (too long).

Stored with these two pieces is half a statuette base with a modeled plaster foot attached; painted yellowish. Base itself is black on top, red on sides. Unlabeled, no ID. Given number Eg.Inv. 4661.


From Egypt, Deir el-Bersha, Tomb 19, pit B. 1915: 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