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This red-brown ware pottery figurine fragment represents a female, whose hips, legs, and waist are emphasized. Figurines such as these represented women or godesses with ornamental tattoos on their face and body, and may have been placed in burials for magical purposes.


From Lower Nubia, Egypt, Kubban (Cemetery 110), (ASN 110/224 and 110/15). 1919: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition for the Archaeological Survey of Nubia; awarded to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt. (Accession date: March 25, 1992)

Credit Line

Archaeological Survey of Nubia

Nubian, C-Group, 2400–1550 B.C.


Nubia, Egypt


Width x depth x length: 32.2 x 3.4 x 11 cm (12 11/16 x 1 5/16 x 4 5/16 in.)

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The Ancient World