About this object

Carved limestone representation of a naked woman wearing a wig and cone on top of her head, lying on a bed. Painted details on the figure and bed survive in many places. Figures such as this one were used as votive offerings in temples or as objects of worship in private homes, and expressed the desire for children and perhaps magically ensured rapid conception. Marked on the back, "Ashmunein 1901 C".

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    New Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: El Ashmunein
  • Date made
    1550 BC - 1295 BC (Dynasty 18)
  • Materials
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Trustees of the Wellcome Collection
  • Collector
    Henry Solomon Wellcome
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: El Ashmunein
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    37 mm x 80 mm x 178 cm
  • Related people


Previous owners

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