Figure of a mourning woman

Egyptian
Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 11
2140–1991 B.C.


Dimensions

Height: 20 cm (7 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

1983.154

Medium or Technique

Pottery

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Hollow pottery statuette made of coarse, straw-tempered Nile silt clay. It depicts a woman holding her hands to her head in a traditional position of mourning. It was originally covered with a white wash, and there are traces of red pigment. The arms, breasts and facial features were modeled by hand and applied. The surface and facial details are worn.

Provenance

By 1983: with Lucien Viola, L'Ibis Gallery, New York; 1983: purchased by the MFA from Lucien Viola.

Credit Line

William Stevenson Smith Fund