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Female figure with legs that end at the knees. The arms were carved separately; the left arm is missing. The face, with inlaid stone eyes, was also carved from a separate piece of wood. The head is covered with small round holes containing black wooden pegs, which represent short, curly hair.


From Egypt, Deir el-Bersha, Tomb 19, pit B. May, 1915: Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1920: assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt. (Accession Date: March 1, 1920)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Middle Kingdom, late Dynasty 11 - Dynasty 12, 20, 2008–1783 B.C.

Object Place for Label


Deir el-Bersha, Egypt


Width x height x depth: 5.7 x 18.6 x 3.2 cm (2 1/4 x 7 5/16 x 1 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wood, stone


The Ancient World