About this object

Figurine of a naked woman, handmade in marl clay. Body modelled with the fingers, details incised. The head and lower part of the legs are missing. 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 Major W F Dixon-Nuttall,1961
  • Collector
    William Frank Dixon-Nuttall
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    60 mm x 30 mm
  • Note
    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
    William Frank Dixon-Nuttall (Collector, previous owner)

Where is this object from?


Previous owners

  • William Frank Dixon-Nuttall

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1967
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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