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Painted statue of a nursing woman sitting on the ground with one knee raised. She holds a female child, supporting its head with her left hand while pulling her breast toward its mouth. A male child, squatting behind the woman's right hip, pulls her right breast between her arm and body to his mouth.


  • ID
  • Department
    Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
  • Classification
  • Findspot
    Said to be from tomb of Nikauinpu, location unknown, presumed to be at Giza
  • Material
  • Dimensions
    h. 10.5 cm (4 1/8 in)
  • Credit Line
    MMA, Purchase, Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1926
  • Period
    Old Kingdom, Dynasty 5 or Dynasty 6
  • Object owned by
    Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Notes
    Formerly Carnarvon Collection, purchased in Cairo from Nicolas Tano probably about 1920. Carnarvon Collection purchased by the Museum from Lady Carnarvon, 1926.

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