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Large Egyptian Female Offering-Bearer Figure

Middle Kingdom, 2050-1652 BC

A large wooden offering-bearer figure from a tomb model, depicting a 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, the left arm carried upwards 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; mounted on a custom-made display stand. 95 grams total, 25cm including stand (10"). Fine condition.

Provenance
Acquired from an important Dutch collection before 1964; formerly in the Van der Meulen family collection, thence by descent.
Literature
Cf. Taylor, J.H., Death & The Afterlife in Ancient Egypt, p.103, fig.65.