Woman and Child on a Bed
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
Objects of this type may have served multiple purposes. They have been found in temples, tombs, and houses. Perhaps they satisfied the sexual needs of men in the afterlife or conveyed wishes for fertility on the part of both men and women. They may have had a connection with Hathor, goddess of love and sexuality. The child here suggests the ideas of fertility and rebirth, which were vital to resurrection and immortality in the next life.
ca. 1539-1295 B.C.E.
New Kingdom (probably)
2 1/4 x 2 3/4 x 6 7/8 in. (5.7 x 7 x 17.5 cm) (show scale)
Gift of the Egypt Exploration Fund
Small terracotta bed with figure in high relief of recumbent nude woman, with small figure of child by her right foot. Probably a servant figurine.
Condition: Good, slightly chipped, surface worn; traces of dark red pigment on bodies of child and woman.
This item is not on view
Woman and Child on a Bed, ca. 1539-1295 B.C.E. Clay, pigment, 2 1/4 x 2 3/4 x 6 7/8 in. (5.7 x 7 x 17.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Egypt Exploration Fund, 14.606. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.14.606_NegF_print_bw.jpg)
. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2015
"CUR" at the beginning of an image file name means that the image was created by a curatorial staff member. These study images may be digital point-and-shoot photographs, when we don\'t yet have high-quality studio photography, or they may be scans of older negatives, slides, or photographic prints, providing historical documentation of the object.
You may download and use Brooklyn Museum images of this three-dimensional work in accordance with a Creative Commons license
. Fair use, as understood under the United States Copyright Act, may also apply.
Please include caption information from this page and credit the Brooklyn Museum. If you need a high resolution file, please fill out our online application form
For further information about copyright, we recommend resources at the United States Library of Congress
, Cornell University
, Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums
, and Copyright Watch
For more information about the Museum's rights project, including how rights types are assigned, please see our blog posts on copyright
If you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome
any additional information you might have.