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Female Fertility Figure
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Female Fertility Figure


Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Credit
Description Female fertility figures became popular during the Middle Kingdom. They were found in tombs of men and women, and were also later donated to the temples. This statuette displays a nude girl. She is adorned with a belt, and a long necklace with a pectoral. The figure once had a wig attached which is now lost, but the dowel holes where it would have been attached are preserved. The pubic triangle is marked by incised dots and a line.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
11/16/1982Treatmentcleaned; examined for condition
9/17/1998Examinationsurvey
Exhibitions
  • Ivory: The Sumptuous Art. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1983-1984.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1925 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1925

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Period
20th century BCE (Middle Kingdom)
Medium
hippopotamus ivory
(Ivory & Bone)
Accession Number
71.517
Measurements
4 7/8 x 1 1/4 x 15/16 in. (12.5 x 3.2 x 2.4 cm)
Geographies
  • Egypt (Place of Origin)

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