Female "peg" figure - ROM2018_16147_17


Female "peg" figure

Geography: Undetermined site, Egypt
Date: c. 4000-3200 BC
Period: Naqada II, Predynastic Period
10.7 × 1.4 × 0.7 cm
Object number: 909.80.78
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt

Standing female figurines were made throughout the Predynastic Period in Egypt and are typically found in the graves of women. This is an abbreviated style figurine with the defining characteristic of the lower body coming to a rounded point or “peg.” The legs are undifferentiated and end with a point so the figure could be stood in the ground. Alternatively, the piece could have been worn as a hairpin. The narrow waist and wide hips are traditional in these figurines. Below the waist an incised hole indicates the navel. The pubic triangle is indicated only by a horizontal incision. The chest is decorated with two incised holes, indicating the breasts. The small oval head with projecting ears has a face that is formed by a projecting nose and large round hollow eyes, which were originally filled with a black paste. The surface is polished and there is scarring at the base.  The piece has been broken at the waist and repaired.

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