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An Egyptian painted limestone image of a concubine, Middle Kingdom ca 2000 BC
Reference No: ES102
An Egyptian painted limestone image of a concubine, Middle Kingdom ca 2000 BC
Price : $ 2,750
EUR 2,535.50 GBP 2,170.03 AUD 4,219.05
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Ovoid piece of limestone with a straight bottom carved with the figure of a nude young woman reclining on a rectangular couch, arms at her sides and wearing a notched wig.  She is detailed with indented eyes and mouth, raised breasts and rounded stomach with indented bellybutton. 

Because they depict naked women, such figurines are often referred to as concubines. However, it is now suggested that they had a fertility function.

Reference: For the type see: Vandier "La Statuaire Egyptienne" (1958) and J.H.Breasted Jnr. "Egyptian Servant Statues" (Washington 1948)

Condition: Minor age-appropriate wear, intact and in good condition.  Modern writing in black and red pigment on back of piece.

Dimensions: height 2.5 inches (6.35 centimeters)

Provenance:   Dr Benson Harer private collection, acquired in the 1960's.