Statuette of nursing woman.
XII Dynasty. Ancient Egypt. Brooklyn Museum
The pose of the nursing woman—a standard one in Egyptian art—was also the hieroglyph meaning “nurse.” Because its subjects are not identified, this little figure probably did not represent real individuals but rather served as a votive gift requesting a goddess’s protection.
MEDIUM Limestone, paint
DATES ca. 1938-after 1630 B.C.E.
DYNASTY XII Dynasty-XIII Dynasty