This figurine, sculpted after the original, is a cosmetic object, or rather an offering deposited in a tomb. It belongs to the wellknown type of spoons held by a swimmer.
A young, graceful and naked woman, wearing a necklace, a belt, and a wig arranged in triangular sections, demonstrates the elegance and refinement of the 18th Dynasty civilization.
Her two outstretched arms hold the bowl of the spoon in the shape of a cartouche and decorated inside with an aquatic motif composed of fishes and lotus leaves. The artist has highlighted the delicate contours with engraving and painting.
It is now believed that these "cosmetic objects", of which the Louvre Museum possesses a very rich collection, were used for cults and funerary rites. Various unguents, myrrh, perhaps wine, and certainly water, were probably offered with the help of these spoons.
The aquatic motifs decorating these objects evoke the reviving freshness of water and vegetation, and perhaps guarantee restored eternal youth.
Reproduction in hand patinated resin
- H. 11,5 L. 33 P. 7 cm
H. 4.5" W. 13" D. 2.8" - 1.3 lbs
- Transluscent altuglas
- Material of the original
- Circa 1400-1350 B.C.
- Paris - Musée du Louvre
- Woman, Sea
- Art movement
- Egyptian Antiquities