Figurine of a Seated Woman
- Late Naqada II
- ca. 3450–3300 B.C.
- From Egypt; Possibly from Northern Upper Egypt, Naqada (Nubt, Ombos)
- Limestone, organic material, paint, malachite
- D. 22.8 x H. 19.8 x W. 9.4 cm (9 x 7 13/16 x 3 11/16 in.)
- Credit Line:
- Rogers Fund, 1907
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This limestone figurine is the finest preserved of unusual group of Predynastic statuettes. These seated women display beak-like noses and missing or schematized arms. The hair, narrow waist and wide hips are clearly shown to emphasize female sexuality. The light colored surface created an ideal canvas for painted details, including jewelry and animal figures that scholars now believe are associated with a ritual activity. Her eyes were enhanced with green malachite and her elaborate coiffure was modeled separately using a mixture of plant matter and fats. She wears a series of necklaces in red and green beads and unusual beaded anklets.