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Statuette of a woman kneading bread dough
Old Kingdom, Dynasty V (2520–2360 B.C.)

This was a frequent subject for the ritual statuettes of “servants” that came into wide use in the Old Kingdom, starting with Dynasty V. They were usually placed in the serdab, a recess in the mastaba from which the statue of the deceased watched ceremonies and offerings in his or her honor. Their function was to help the deceased perform domestic activities in the afterlife.

Provenance: From Middle Egypt, from a mastaba in the Memphis necropolis
Inventory: Inv. MB 6

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