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, 14.606_front_PS2.jpg)
front, 14.606_front_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
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