Female Offering Bearer

Female Offering Bearer

2000–1801 BCE

Painted wood, figure of tamarisk(?), base of sycamore fig

Overall: 25.8 x 7.9 x 12.2 cm (10 3/16 x 3 1/8 x 4 13/16 in.)

Gift of the John Huntington Art and Polytechnic Trust 1914.602


The offering bearer wears a basic wraparound kalasiris dress and a strap that connects to the dress over her left shoulder. It is not known whether straps on ancient Egyptian dresses were designed as a part of the garment or were separate attachments for fashionable or utilitarian purposes. Ancient Egyptian illustrations typically identify women who wore this garment with a strap as servants, whereas artisans depicted men of all socioeconomic levels wearing the
version for men.

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