jueves, 30 de abril de 2015

female dwarf

Figure of a Female Dwarf

Period: Middle Kingdom
Dynasty: Dynasty 12–13
Date: ca. 1981–1640 B.C.
Geography: From Egypt
Medium: Faience
Dimensions: H. 6.4 cm (2 1/2 in.); W. 3.5 cm (1 3/8 in.); D. 2.4 cm (15/16 in.)
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1972
Accession Number: 1972.48
 
 Dwarves and pygmies were highly respected in ancient Egypt. Apparently their short stature gave raise to the belief that they possessed beneficial magic powers. They also served as well-liked jesters at the royal court. This figure of a female dwarf of light blue faience is represented with a long bead necklace, armlets and an elaborate hairdo. An ancient magical spell prescribes that a dwarf figure should be placed on the body of a woman giving birth.
 
 

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