Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
The pose of the nursing woman—a standard one in Egyptian art—was also the hieroglyph meaning “nurse.” Because its subjects are not identified, this little figure probably did not represent real individuals but rather served as a votive gift requesting a goddess’s protection.
ca. 1938-after 1630 B.C.E.
Dynasty 12 to Dynasty 13
4 9/16 in. (11.6 cm)
base: 2 1/2 x 3 5/16 in. (6.3 x 8.4 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Limestone statuette of seated woman nursing male child. Woman seated on uninscribed rectangular base, her left leg raised, foot on ground, the right leg on ground behind left leg. Dress ending at knee with fringed seam at rear. Heavy wig with rear, central division and two lappets on front. Illegible inscription incised on head of child.
Condition: Front and back of base chipped. Surface worn. Left foot of woman missing. Some traces of red paint on bodies.
This item is not on view
Nursing Woman, ca. 1938-after 1630 B.C.E. Limestone, pigment, 4 9/16 in. (11.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 51.224. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.51.224_erg456.jpg)
. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 9/6/2007
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