Model Type
woman carrying child
Breasted: 4. Edinburgh, Royal Scottish Museum, 1911.260. Twelfth dynasty. Wood. Woman wearing a long embroidered skirt, and carrying on her back a child suspended in a shawl over her shoulders: the shawl crosses in front. The infant's head is visible looking out, and is attached by a short peg. The woman's hair is rather short. On top of her head is a small hole, suggesting that probably she carried a head load. Her features are best described as characterized by a long nose and protruding chin and lips. Garstang has identified her as a Libyan woman. Professor Jean Capart and Dr. Cyril Aldred are inclined to classify her as a Syrian immigrant, of Semitic race, because the pattern and colour of her dress are not greatly unlike those on the garments of Semitic immigrants in the tomb of Khnemhotp at Beni Hasan.
From Beni Hasan, tomb 181(of Useri). Height: 15 cm. Garstang, Burial Customs, fig. 138, p. 140.
Garstang Inventory: iii. Model of foreign woman carrying child on back in shawl.
Beni Hasan
BH 181
National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
Accession number
Breasted Classification
VII-2-1 CONCUBINES AND OTHER GROUPS OF RETAINERS - Women with Children. - Women carrying children.
Height 15 cm
References (Bibliography)
Barker-2022 , table on p. 217 no. M185, Fig. 6.6
BreastedJnr-1948 , VII-2-1 4.
Garstang-1907a , Fig. 138, p. 140.
Tooley-1989 , p. 351
Museum Online Record Card
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