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Figure of a Woman

Object Name:
Figure
Date:
5th century
Geography:
Egypt, Eshmunein
Culture:
Coptic
Medium:
Painted plaster
Dimensions:
Overall: H. 15 1/8 in. (38.4 cm) W. 5 13/16 in. (14.7 cm) D. 3 3/4 in. (9.6 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Maurice Nahman, 1912
Accession Number:
12.185.4
Not on view
Found in a tomb, the brightly painted statuette displays typical female attire. Under a sheer overgarment indicated in gray paint, the woman wears an elaborate tunic with richly colored clavi (bands), extending to her feet. Metallic paint is used to show that the cross around her neck is of gold.
Maurice Nahman, Cairo (until 1912; gifted to MMA)
Thomas, Thelma K. Designing Identity: The Power of Textiles in Late Antiquity. New York, 2016. no. 1, pp. 3, 144, ill. frontispiece.



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