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Servant Girl Carrying a Jar
Servant Girl Carrying a Jar
Servant Girl Carrying a Jar
Servant Girl Carrying a Jar
Servant Girl Carrying a Jar
Servant Girl Carrying a Jar
Servant Girl Carrying a Jar
Servant Girl Carrying a Jar
Servant Girl Carrying a Jar
Servant Girl Carrying a Jar
Servant Girl Carrying a Jar

Photo credit: Durham University

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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

Durham

Title

Servant Girl Carrying a Jar

Date

c.1360 BC

Medium

boxwood, ivory & gold

Measurements

H 14.9 x W 3.6 x D 8 cm

Accession number

EG4007

Acquisition method

purchased from Hugh Percy, 10th Duke of Northumberland

Work type

Statue

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Oriental Museum Collection, Durham University

Elvet Hill, Durham, County Durham DH1 3TH England

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