Figure of a Woman

1961.202.3
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.