An Egyptian wooden female offering bearer figure, Middle Kingdom, 2050-1652 BC


Standing female wearing a tight fitting white dress and black tripartite wig, serene facial features with large painted eyes. Separately made arms attached with dowel to the shoulder, left arm raised and brought back to support the basket of offerings carried on her head (now absent), her right hand downwards with pierced socket, originally holding another food item; peg beneath the feet.

23 cm (h) excluding base and peg

Ex Dutch collection before 1964; formerly in the Van der Meulen family collection, thence by descent

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