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Sam Josephowitz Collection, Lucerne, Switzerland
Museum purchase, Friends of Ian White Endowment Fund
According to Egyptian convention, the nudity and sidelock of hair of this unusual, hand-modeled terracotta female figurine signify youth. Her slanted eyes are mere slits in the clay, and a ridge forms the eyebrows of her stylized disc-shaped head. There is a small, pointed nose and no perceptible mouth. The elongated body is simplified, with a narrow chest swelling to broad hips that taper towward the figure's ankles and only a mere suggestion of feet. The figure's spindly arms and hands are simple rolls of clay displaying little attempt at modeling. She wears only elaborate, brightly painted jewelry, including long tassels that fall between her breasts and extend below her navel. The figurine's nudity, exaggerated hips, and black, triangular pubic area suggest its possible function as a fertility figure.