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Lot 0040A
A beautifully detailed Egyptian limestone figure of a concubine, New Kingdom, c. 1570 - 1075 BC, wearing a Nubian wig and head band, her arms pendant at her sides. She lays on the lower portion of a sarcophagus, antique collection notes in black ink. Her features are wonderfully detailed with remnants of black pigment in the eyes and on her hair. From Heliopolis (Matarieh), H: 3 3/4 in (9.5cm). 'Concubine' figures are found in the tombs of both men and women and probably served various functions such as providing the deceased with a partner in the afterlife or fertility for the living. An inscription on the thigh of one of these figures states 'May a birth be granted to your daughter She', indicating this particular figurine was placed in a man's tomb by his daughter who he could help her conceive. (Charlotte Booth, In Bed with the Egyptians). Ex-North Yorkshire, UK private collection.


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Detailed Egyptian limestone figure of a concubine

Estimate $2,500 - $3,000Mar 26, 2017