Female votive figurine fragment - 910X269.362_1


Female votive figurine fragment

Medium:Glazed composition (faience)
Geography: Probably from Deir el-Bahri, Egypt
Date: c. 1550-1069 BC
Period: 18th Dynasty, New Kingdom
3.3 x 1.4 x 1.2 cm
Object number: 910X269.362
Not on view
DescriptionSmall naked female figurines in bright blue faience were among the commonest offerings made in the Hathor shrine at Deir el Bahari. Hence these figures are called the "Deir el Bahri type." There are basically two sizes, one a large size c. 5-10 cm long and then a smaller size (under 5 cm long). They are made in moulds and the back is usually flat.  They were appropriate offerings to the goddess Hathor as goddess of fertility. Like most other examples, this figurine was broken at the torso; we suspect that they were broken in the course of a ritual at the shrine.
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