Model Type
offering bearer
Breasted: 1. Copenhagen, Glyptothèque Ny Carlsberg, A 51. This woman carries a basketful of conical objects, wine jars or loaves of bread on her head, steadying it with her left hand, and holds a bird by the wings in her right hand. She is preceded by a very small calf. She wears a long white dress with broad straps over the shoulders. Her headdress is covered with a white cloth held by a brown band.
Provenance unknown, but perhaps from Meir. Ninth dynasty. Height: 40 cm. Mogensen, La Coil. Eg., Pl. XII, text, p. 14. Very well preserved.
Dr. Walter Federn has drawn my attention to the striking stylistic similarity of this figure to the Sixth-dynasty example from the Myers Collection [ECMM 1] (cf. No. 5 above). This suggests that the Copenhagen piece also belonged to the Sixth dynasty, instead of the Ninth, as stated in the Copenhagen Catalogue.
Tooley-1989 (p. 184) : Female figure in walking pose wearing a long white dress with straps crossing the chest but leaving the breasts naked. The stature is somewhat stout. The head is covered by a white headcloth which falls to a truncated point at the nape of the neck. Round the headcloth is a red fillet. On the head is a large round based basket with 8 conical beer jars, supported by the left arm bent at the elbow.
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen
Accession number
Breasted Classification
IV-1-3-C SERVANTS CARRYING SUPPLIES FOR DECEASED, AND FUNERAL SCENES - Servants Carrying Supplies for Deceased. - Women servants singly, or in rows of two or more, bring supplies for deceased. - Intermediate period.
Height 40 cm
References (Bibliography)
Barker-2022 , table on p. 210 no. M26, Fig. 3.19
BreastedJnr-1948 , IV-1-3-C 1.
Mogensen-1930 , Pl. XII, text, p. 14
Tooley-1989 , pp. 184-5
Tooley-1999 , Fig 12
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