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ec2039Faience figure of a naked woman holding a trough shaped-vessel. Her head is missing. This type of artefact appears to be a development from the New Kingdom wooden swimming girl figurines which are found in temples and tombs and thus probably used in ritual. The figures are usually thought to represent the goddess Nut. 

A swimming girl with trough dating from the 25th to the 26th Dynasty is illustrated in Schoske 1990, 147. Another in Hayes 1959, fig.106; and a third dating from the 25th Dynasty in Beck et al. 2005, 536. Thus, it seems this piece dates from the 25th or 26th Dynasties (712-525 BC). It’s style is Graeco-Roman and it is possible that it is not Egyptian.


Beck, H.,  Bol, P.C. and  Bückling, M. (eds.), 2005. Städelsches Kunstinstitut und Städtische Galerie ‘Ägypten Griechenland Rom Abwehr und Beruhrung. 26. November 2005 – 26, Frankfurt. 

Hayes, W.C. 1959. The Sceptre of Egypt II, Cambridge. 

Schoske, S. 1990. Schönheit Abglanz Der Göttlichkeit. Kosmetik im Alten Ägypten, Munchen. 

Wallert, I. 1967. Der Verzierte Löffel: Seine Formgeschichte und Verwandung im Alten Ägypten, Ägyptologische Abhandlungen 16, Wiesbaden.

Fake swimming girls