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Figurine of a Male Dwarf
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Figurine of a Male Dwarf


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Description Dwarfs played an interesting role in Egyptian society since Predynastic times. Dwarfism-a genetic condition characterized by unusually short stature and shortened limbs-is frequently represented in Egyptian tomb reliefs and statues. Dwarfs were believed, because of their unusual appearance, to have supernatural powers and a special relation to the gods. Figurines of dwarfs were used as amulets and have been found in tombs as well as in ritual places. This figure represents a male dwarf. He has a large forehead, perforations for the eyes, and incised eye brows. The arms and bowed legs are twisted. The stomach is distended and there is a ridge across the buttocks that may have originally connected the figure to a seat.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
11/16/1982Treatmentcleaned; examined for condition
Exhibitions
  • Daily Magic in Ancient Egypt. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2006-2007.
Provenance MacGregor Collection [cat. 1922, p. 93, lot 712]; Dikran Kelekian, New York and Paris, 1922, by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1923, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1923

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Period
ca. 3200 BCE (Predynastic; Naqada II)
Medium
hippopotamus ivory
(Ivory & Bone)
Accession Number
71.534
Measurements
H: 1 9/16 x W: 9/16 x D: 1/8 in. (3.89 x 1.48 x 0.36 cm)
Geographies
  • Egypt (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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