Statue of a Woman - Styles and Influences
Statue of a Woman
Egypt; Middle Kingdom; 12th dynasty; ca. 2000-1640 BC
It is made of hard, compact wood without a trace of colour or writing. It has a ritual meaning serving in the cult of the dead. Since there is no name and no signs of rank of a servant (gift bearer, concubine), and its appearance suggests a member of the upper classes, we may suppose that it represents the deceased woman herself and was put in the serdab, the antechamber beside the chamber for sacrifices.