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The Question of Identity: Ethnicity, Language, Religion, and Gender

Before Islam:  Egypt

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Woman Mashing Beer

Woman Mashing Beer

In this so-called “servant statue,” a woman is shown sieving fermented bread from a vat of beer. Such servant statues became common in wealthy Old Kingdom tombs, but this statue, one of a group of 25 figures from the tomb of Nykauinpu showing the preparation of bread, beer, oxen, and fowl as well as music-making, is unusual in being identified as a daughter of the tomb owner.

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