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Lot 674: Egyptian Worker Figure
December 7, 2016
Harwich, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: Middle Kingdom, 2133-1797 BC. A carved wooden figure from a funerary diorama, standing kilted female with legs flexed, pegs for attachment of separate arms. See Taylor, J.H. Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt, London, 2001. 55 grams, 23cm (9"). From an early 20th century collection. Wooden tomb models were an Egyptian funerary custom throughout the Middle Kingdom in which wooden figurines and sets were constructed to be placed in the tombs of the wealthy. These wooden models represented servants, farmers, other skilled craftsman, armies, and religious rituals. The different types of models served as symbols and were believed to perform various functions for the deceased. Each model had a different purpose in the belief of the Egyptians and was provided to perform its specific function. Model houses were included to ensure existence in the afterlife. Farmers, artisans, and craftsmen models were said to increase the material wealth of the individual. If the tomb's resident needed to perform a specific task in the afterlife, a wooden model would be included to perform that task for him. During the New Kingdom these models were replaced by the more familiar shabti figures.
Condition Report: Fair condition.