Monday, 9 June 2014

NURSING WOMAN



(Metropolitan Museum of Art, Dynasty 5-6, 2400-2200 BC, Giza, Limestone and paint, Edward S Harkness Gift, 1926)
The ancient Egyptians saw nursing as an essential component of the afterlife which they understood as a process of daily rebirth. The funerary liturgy known as the Pyramid Texts, contemporary with this statue, reflect this view in a dialogue between the deceased and his spiritual mother. For the owner of the tomb it served as an eternal guarantee of access to the life giving nourishment it depicts.

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