Middle Kingdom 12th Dynasty 1939 - 1760 B.C.
Provenance : Ressandro Collection, Freising Germany 2016
Christies London 11 july 1984 lot 137
Private collection, Sussex , UK 1976
Faience figurine. Turquoise blue glaze with details (hair, eyes, and eyebrows, ornaments) in purplish black. The figure is rather well-modeled with slender waist . The arms lie close to the thighs. The legs end (as is frequent in servant-figurines of the period) in rounded stumps at the knees. The girl wears a wig with spiral curls.
She has a pendant necklace around her neck and wears bracelets and a body chain; in addition to this, her body is decorated with several tattoos.
The pubic triangle is emphasized by black dots.
Such figures, although never depicted on wall contemporary tombs, have been excavated not only in male and female burials, where they served as grave goods, but also at town sites.
It is difficult to define with precision the original purpose of this figure.
Egyptian did not maintain distinction between sex and procreation, any of these figures might in principle have affected any aspect of human sexual experience , from physical sex, including conception, to metaphysical regeneration and fecundity in the broadest sense. In life, as the finds in town sites suggest, such figurines may have been intended to guarantee the fertility of the home and field, whereas in the tomb these statuettes might be beneficial for the deceased's resurrection.
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