About this object

Crudely formed figure of a seated woman with a child held across her lap. Handmade in marl clay. Body modelled with the fingers using seperate rolls of clay. The date is uncertain but does compare with similar figures from the Middle Kingdom - Second Intermediate Period. Fertility figurines such as this one have been found in burials of men, women and children, as well as in houses and temples. In daily life, these figurines may have been magical guarantors of fertility both to mothers and to children who had reached the age of puberty. As burial equipment, they represented the potential for rebirth and procreation, thus assuring continuity and immortality in the afterlife for men and women.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Second Intermediate Period
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    1650 - 1550 BC
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Mr William Crosfield, 1861
  • Collector
    Hermann Philip
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    Between 1850 and 1860
  • Measurements
    65 mm x 35 mm
  • Note
    Was displayed in Ventilator Case 45 before World War Two and evacuated to Mostyn Castle.
    Compare with Dorothy Downes, ‘The Excavations at Esna 1905-1906’ (Warminster, 1974), 85-90.
    Compare with Janine Bourriau, Umm el-Ga'ab. Pottery from the Nile Valley Before the Arab Conquest. Cambridge (1981), nos. 240-1, pp. 119-120;
    Compare with Janine Bourriau, Pharaohs and Mortals. Cambridge (1988), nos. 119-120, pp. 116-117.
    Compare with W. M. F. Petrie, 'Diopolis Parva: the cemeteries of Abadiyeh and Hu. 1898-9'. London (1901), pl. XXVI [Dynasty 12];
  • Related people
    W M Crosfield (Previous owner); Hermann Philip (Collector)

Where is this object from?


Previous owners

  • W M Crosfield

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1861-04-16
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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