Model Type
paddle doll
Tooley p.311: 2. Ramesseum tomb 5. Man. 1832. H.18.9 cms (Quibell 1898 a , 3, iii:9).
Man Museum website: Female figurine made of a flat, painted piece of wood, with no limbs and a small rectanular protrusion for the head.These figurines are known as 'paddle dolls' and often have hair and arms made of string, but this has gone from this figurine. The body of the figurine is decorated with a polychrome checker pattern and the rounded base section with a large painted pubic triangle, indicating the fertility association. Such figurines or 'paddle dolls' have been found in Middle Kingdom tombs at Thebes and Beni Hasan.
The figurine was found in the debris in a tomb shaft under the Ramesseum (Tomb 5 - 'The Magician's Tomb') together with several other magical objects in the Museum (see 1787 - 1801 (except 1793), 1832, 1834, 1835, 1837-1841, 1882, 1884, 1886, 1887; possibly 1863, 1883, 1885), a copper alloy serpent wand entwined with human hair, now in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (E.63.1896), an ivory figurine of a dwarf carrying calf, now in the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (E.13405) and a group of magical and medical papyri, which are now in the British Museum, London, and Berlin.
Height (cm) 18.9.
Tomb 5 (Ramesseum)
MK (dyn. 13)
Ref. for dating
Man. Mus. website
Manchester Museum , Manchester
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Height cm
References (Bibliography)
Tooley-1989 , p. 311
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