This figure of Lady ...hetep is of superb quality and condition, the figure sculpted from exotic hard wood and pinned into a base of softer wood. She is depicted with a narrow torso, a wasp waist and long swelling thighs which represented the ideal of feminine beauty in the Middle Kingdom. According to J.D. Cooney (in O.W. Muscarella, op. cit., p. 181) "it is tempting to consider this lady as the wife of Seneb (another wood figure from the Schimmel collection with the same provenance). Certainly the inscriptions on the two sculptures are by the same hand, but this facet may indicate nothing more than an origin in the same shop." The inscription confirms that the figure served as a ka statue for Lady ...hetep. The ka was considered an aspect of the personality or life force of an individual that lived on after death. The ka statue served as a surrogate for the deceased and could receive offerings. They were typically placed either in an offering chapel or a tomb, or even inside a coffin, a practice which began in the late Old Kingdom. For related wood figures see the example now in Hildesheim see no. 186 in A. Oppenheim, ed., et al., Ancient Egypt Transformed, The Middle Kingdom, and one in the British Museum, no. 40 in E.R. Russmann, Eternal Egypt, Masterworks of Ancient Art from the British Museum.