Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
So-called paddle dolls are flat, schematic representations of naked, legless female figures on which jewelry, belts, and other details have been painted or drawn. Made as fertility figures, they were dedicated to goddesses by women or couples hoping to have children. Some are adorned with strings of mud pellets, apparently imitating hair. Many also have painted images— possibly representing tattoos—of deities such as Bes and Taweret or of human couples in sexual embrace.
ca. 2081-1700 B.C.E.
XI Dynasty-XIII Dynasty
8 3/4 x 2 1/2 x 1/4 in. (22.3 x 6.3 x 0.7 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Paddle Doll, ca. 2081-1700 B.C.E. Wood, pigment, 8 3/4 x 2 1/2 x 1/4 in. (22.3 x 6.3 x 0.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.101E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , 37.101E_PS9.jpg)
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Flat wooden female figurine with details of anatomy, garment and jewelry painted in red and black on both sides. The reverse side bears painted representations of Ta-weret, a dog or jackal, and a couple engaged in erotic act. Probably a servant figurine.
Condition: Part of the left arm was chipped off, and there is bad chipping all around the edges of the figure. The bottom left edge is missing.
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