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Female figure on bed

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Woman and child on a bed, she offers her breast to the child. There is a funerary cone on her head. One leg of the bed is missing. It is made of dull red clay, without glaze. Traces of black and white paint remain. It is much worn, and very rude work. The precise function of these figurines is...

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By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way. (Accession date: June 28, 1872)

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Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Egyptian, Late Old Kingdom-Middle Kingdom, 2465–1640 B.C.


Height x width: 7.9 x 5.7 cm (3 1/8 x 2 1/4 in.)

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The Ancient World