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Reclining woman Deir el-balah 13th century B.C.E.

Reclining woman Deir el-balah 13th century B.C.E.

This stately Egyptian figurine of a nude woman lying on a bed was found in the ancient cemetery near Deir-el-Balah, south of Gaza. The plague representing the bed has a pillow carved at the head-end and a projection representing the footrest at the bottom. The woman's body is modeled in high, almost sculptural relief. The face and upper part of the body are full; the lower part is slender, with relatively thin legs. She wears earrings and a bracelet on her left arm.

The figurine was probably used as a funary object and placed in the tomb to serve the deceased in the afterlife.

The Deir el-Balah cemetery was located nearby a stronghold established by the Egyptians on the main route from the Nile Delta to Canaan.

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