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* Exhibited Egyptian Wood Fertility Figure, Middle Kingdom, 11th Dynasty, ca. 2040 - 1991 BCE

EW1909

With a paddle-shaped schematic body, angular shoulders, a rounded base, and rectangular head, both sides painted in black and red, one side wearing a spotted dress, the body featuring a line drawing of the animal-headed fertility goddess Taueret, the other side with a broad collar, the breasts indicated by painted circles above a tunic with diagonal line decoration.

Literature: These fertility figures, also known as 'paddle dolls', date primarily to the Eleventh Dynasty but continue to be made through the Middle Kingdom and possibly as late as the early Eighteenth Dynasty. It has been suggested that they served as 'concubines of the dead' or magical implements to assure fertility.  Cf. A.K. Capel and G. Markoe, eds., Mistress of the House, Mistress of Heaven, Women in Ancient Egypt, New York, 1996, p. 65, no. 14.

Exhibited:

San Bernardino, Robert V. Fullerton Art Museum, 2000-2006.

San Antonio Museum of Art, 1997-1999.

Dimensions: Height: 8 1/2 inches (21.6 cm)

Condition:   Intact and in very good condition overall.

Provenance: The Harer Family Trust Collection, acquired on 20 February 1997. With Marianne Maspero, Paris, since the 1970s. Accompanied by a copy of the invoice.


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