Female figure on bed

Late Old Kingdom-Middle Kingdom
2465–1640 B.C.


Height x width: 7.9 x 5.7 cm (3 1/8 x 2 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Woman and child on a bed, she offers her breast to the child. There is a funerary cone on her head. One leg of the bed is missing. It is made of dull red clay, without glaze. Traces of black and white paint remain. It is much worn, and very rude work. 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.
(Accession date: June 28, 1872)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way