Figure of a Woman
Unknown artist, Egyptian
Figure of a Woman, 3700-3450 BCE
Height: 17 cm (6 11/16 inches)
Helen M. Danforth Acquisition Fund and gift of friends and colleagues in honor of Florence Dunn Friedman 2000.82
This finely modeled figure of a woman represents the beginning of Egyptian figural sculpture. The modeling of the torso, particularly the hip area, was handled sensitively and with great attention to detail. The top of the head is hollowed out, perhaps to accommodate a basket, and the knees are prepared for insertion into a stand. Most likely a tomb deposit, this figure was perhaps a magical symbol of a servant intended to accompany the deceased into the next world.