Female Figure of a Woman

16.4.61.73
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.