Upper body fragment of a female figure on a bed

Egyptian
Middle Kingdom
2061–1640 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Nag el-Deir, Nag el-Deir, N 12/13

Dimensions

Height x width: 11.3 x 7.6 cm (4 7/16 x 3 in.)

Accession Number

12.1190

Medium or Technique

Pottery

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Upper body fragment of a female figure on a bed. It is in full relief. The bed is decorated with red, white and black. The facial features are very flattened. There is a red zig zag design on the top surface of the bed. The bed was made without legs. The precise function of these figurines is uncertain. They have been called fertilty figures, concubine figures, dolls, or representations of goddeses.

Provenance

From Naga el-Deir. N 12 / 13. 1912: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