Figure of a woman and child - ROM2019_17389_1


Figure of a woman and child

Medium:Clay, paint
Geography: Egypt
Date: c. 1550-1069 BC
Period: 18th-20th Dynasty, New Kingdom
8.5 x 15.8 x 6.2 cm
Object number: 909.80.616
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt

Small figures of a naked woman lying on bed, with a child usually shown at her feet, were made in Egypt from the New Kingdom into Greco-Roman times. Though usually made of terra-cotta, they are occasionally made of limestone. Such figures have been excavated from townsites, tombs, and temples. They are found in the graves of men, women and children.

There is still debate about their meaning. The consensus now seems to be that they represent a form of magic to ensure safe childbirth and fertility in this world and in the next.

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