Female figurine

Middle Kingdom, late Dynasty 11 - Dynasty 12, 20
2008–1783 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Deir el-Bersha, Tomb 19, shaft B, Notes: (Egypt, Deir el-Bersha, tomb 19, shaft B)


Width x height x depth: 5.7 x 18.6 x 3.2 cm (2 1/4 x 7 5/16 x 1 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wood, stone

On View

Stanford and Norma Jean Calderwood Gallery (Gallery 119)


The Ancient World



Female figure with legs that end at the knees. The arms were carved separately; the left arm is missing. The face, with inlaid stone eyes, was also carved from a separate piece of wood. The head is covered with small round holes containing black wooden pegs, which represent short, curly hair.


From Egypt, Deir el-Bersha, Tomb 19, pit B. May, 1915: Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1920: assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt. (Accession Date: March 1, 1920)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition