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This statuette is probably the best known of all the Egyptian objects in the Oriental Museum’s collection. It is famous both for the quality of the craftsmanship and for the natural pose of the girl’s body. The jar the girl carries at her left side is so large she has to thrust her hip under it to help support the weight. This creates a pose which breaks away from the usual style of most Ancient Egyptian art. The girl wears only a Bes-figure amulet on a string around her neck and a gilded girdle around her hips. Her left ear is pierced with a tiny earring hole and there are socket holes on both sides of the head to hold a wig, which has been lost. The jar on the girl’s hip is actually a cosmetic container. The statuette is believed to have been part of the burial equipment of Meryptah, high priest of Amun under Amenhotep III.
Oriental Museum Collection, Durham University
Servant Girl Carrying a Jar
boxwood, ivory & gold
H 14.9 x W 3.6 x D 8 cm
purchased from Hugh Percy, 10th Duke of Northumberland