Female figure on bed

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


Height x width: 8.2 x 7.6 cm (3 1/4 x 3 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Woman and child on a bed. The child is on the woman’s left side. The woman has a funerary cone on her head. It is made of rough red clay. The figures are bright red. Traces of black and dull blue remain. Traces of black splotches of paint on surface of bed on cream ground. The wig and pubic area black. The left leg at the foot of the bed is missing. 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