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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
2160–1650 BCE 
Fired clay, 12.1 x 3.7 x 4.5 cm
Given by G.D. Hornblower, 1939 

Section: Seven

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