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Bound

With head bowed and hands bound, this captive woman has lost all agency. Her short wig and naked, tattooed body indicate that she was not a native Egyptian; it is also possible she has been lashed with a whip. Figurines of bound captives were probably placed in burials to ensure that, through magic, foreigners were successfully dominated by the Egyptians. 

Figure with bound hands
Egypt 
2160–1650 BCE 
Fired clay, 12.1 x 3.7 x 4.5 cm
Given by G.D. Hornblower, 1939 
E.189.1939

Section: Seven

Bound
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