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Stela with fertility figure

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This low-relief figurine shows a naked woman lying with her arms at her sides; she is wearing a wig, armlets, anklets, and traces of a hip girdle. In the past, scholars have suggested that figurines of this type were meant to act as concubines for the deceased in the afterlife. Since they have been discovered in burials of women and children, however, it seems just as likely that they represent the important concept of fertility. Because the ancient Egyptians believed in rebirth after death, it has been argued that such fertility figurines were placed in a grave or tomb to help the deceased to be reborn into the afterlife.

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