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ES102

An Egyptian Magical Stela of a Concubine, Middle Kingdom ca 2000 BC

The ovoid piece of limestone with a straight base, carved with the figure of a nude young woman reclining on a rectangular couch, arms at her sides and wearing a notched wig.  She is detailed with indented eyes and mouth, raised breasts and rounded stomach with indented belly button. 

Because they depict naked women, such figurines are often referred to as concubines. However, it is now suggested that they had a fertility function.

Reference: For the type see: Vandier "La Statuaire Egyptienne" (1958) and J.H.Breasted Jnr. "Egyptian Servant Statues" (Washington 1948)

Condition: Minor age-appropriate wear, intact and in good condition.  Modern writing in black and red pigment on back of piece.

Dimensions: height 2.5 inches (6.35 centimeters)

Provenance:   Dr Benson Harer private collection, acquired in the 1960's.

 

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