Female figure on a bed

New Kingdom, Dynasty 18
1550–1295 B.C.


Height x width x length: 5.1 x 3.5 x 10.1 cm (2 x 1 3/8 x 4 in.)

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The Ancient World



Limestone funerary figurine representing a nude female figure lying on a bed with a tall footboard. Some traces of paint are preserved, showing that the figure wore a long black wig encircled by a red fillet, and a red-painted broad collar, bracelets and belt. The bed was painted black, with a red upper part. On the headboard is a painted figure of Taweret, the hippopotamus goddess of childbirth, who faces another deity, possibly the god Bes. The precise function of these figurines is uncertain. They have been called fertilty figures, concubine figures, dolls, or representations of goddeses.


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.

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Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way