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    Sale 2174

    Antiquities

    3 June 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 3

    AN EGYPTIAN TERRACOTTA CONCUBINE FIGURE

    MIDDLE KINGDOM, DYNASTY XII, 1991-1783 B.C

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    AN EGYPTIAN TERRACOTTA CONCUBINE FIGURE
    MIDDLE KINGDOM, DYNASTY XII, 1991-1783 B.C
    The stylized female figure depicted nude, with a narrow waist, accentuated hips and pointed breasts, the long legs tapering, her arms held at her sides, the hands resting on her thighs, her triangular head with slit eyes and a vertical nose, the ears pierced, perforations along the back of the head for insertion of hair, with dots and knobs along her back and buttocks indicating jewelry and tattoos, her pudendum incised
    6¼ in. (15.9 cm.) high


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    In death, as in life, the Egyptian nobleman sought to share his time with female companions. In the Twelfth Dynasty these concubine figures took the form of attractive shapely women and were formed of wood, ivory, faience and clay. Many display the features of African women, with brightly patterned clothing, jewelry and tattoos. For several examples, now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, see fig. 137, p. 221 in Hayes, The Scepter of Egypt, vol. I.

    Provenance

    with Heinz Herzer, Munich, 1970s.