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Lot 675: Egyptian Worker Figure
December 7, 2016
Harwich, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: Middle Kingdom, 2133-1797 BC. A carved wooden figure from a funerary diorama, kneeling kilted female with pegs for attachment of separate arms, stud to the underside. See Taylor, J.H. Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt, London, 2001 for discussion. 48 grams, 14.5cm (5 3/4"). From an early 20th century collection. Adequate provisioning for the afterlife was a paramount concern to Egyptians of all social and occupational class. While funerary offerings and activities of everyday life were most often portrayed in relief during the Old Kingdom, small painted models placed in the tomb became increasingly prevalent during the Middle Kingdom as a more effective way of perpetually ensuring the necessities and pleasures of life.
Condition Report: Fair condition.