COLLECTION of EGYPTIAN ART

Éva Liptay: Ancient Egyptian Wooden Figures

Title/Description

Female figure from a model group: Female/Divine mourner from a funerary barque

Material

wood, ground layer, paint; heavily worn; missing arms and dowels; traces of white painted headdress and dress

Dimensions

H: 13.8 cm W: 3.1 cm (at the hip) D: 2 cm (at the hip) D: 3 cm (head)

Iconography

Posture: standing, feet together, body bent slightly forward, extended arms missing
Body: originally painted ochre
Wig/Hair: white headkerchief falling down the back
Face: traces of black and white painted eyes and eyebrows
Dress: long, tight-fitting white dress, supported by one strap over the left shoulder

Function

Funerary furniture/Part of the private burial equipment (Female/Divine mourner from a funerary barque)

Date

First half of Dynasty 12 (based on its closest parallel in Cairo, Egyptian Museum CG 4915)

Origin

Unknown ( (however, its closest parallel in Cairo, Egyptian Museum, CG 4915 originates from Saqqara))

Provenance

Unknown (Purchased from a private collector in 1957 (together with 57.6-E, 57.8-E and 57.9-E))

Bibliography

Kákosy 1959, 3. Kákosy, L., Nouvelles statuettes de serviteurs dans la Collection Égyptienne / Újabb szolgaszobrok az Egyiptomi Gyűjteményben, Bulletin du Musée Hongrois des Beaux-Arts 14 (1959), 3–9/101–104.

Parallels

Female mourner figures from funerary boats:
Cairo, Egyptian Museum, CG 4915 (Saqqara; first half of Dynasty 12) (M. G. A. Reisner, Models of Ships and Boats (CGC Nos 4798-4976 et 5034-5200), Cairo 1913, 71, fig. 264; A. M. J. Tooley, Middle Kingdom Burial Customs. A study of wooden models and related material, PhD Diss. Univ. Liverpool 1989, 138)
New York, The Metropolitan Museum of of Art, 12.183.3 (probably from Meir, Dynasty 12)(J. H. Breasted Jr., Egyptian Servant Statues (Bollingen Series 13), New York 1948, 69; Tooley 1989, 139-140)
London, British Museum, EA 9525 (Breasted 1948, 70, pl. 66a; Tooley 1989, 137-138)
Berlin, Königliche Museen, 13 (Thebes; Senwosret II - Amenemhat II) (G. Steindorff, Grabfunde des Mittleren Reichs in den Königlichen Museen zu Berlin I. Das Grab des Mentuhotep, Berlin 1896, pl. IX; Breasted 1948, 69, 64b; Tooley 1989, 63, 138)
See also some female figures from model granaries:
Berlin, Königliche Museen, 12 (Thebes; Senwosret II-Amenemhat III) (Steindorff 1896, pl. X.2; Tooley 1989, 156)
New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 20.3.12 (Thebes; Amenemhet I)

Inventory Number

57.7-E