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Ancient Egypt

A female servant

Height: 38.000 cm

EA 30716

A female servant

From: The tomb of Gua, Deir el-Bersha, Egypt
Date: 12th Dynasty, 1985-1795 BC

Most Egyptians worked in the fields or as servants. This model of a young female servant in a tight linen dress shows her carrying a basket on her head, in the same way that women in the Egyptian countryside still do today.

The life of this servant would have been very hard and it was easy for her to get hurt. The skeletons of many ordinary ancient Egyptian women have damaged neck bones, as a result of carrying heavy loads on their heads. Men's skeletons never show this kind of injury.