Figurine of the bathing woman

Figurine of a bathing woman, approximately the eighth or seventh century B.C.E. Clay, found in a Phoenician tomb in Achzib, along the Mediterranean coast; Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

This expressive little figure is about 3 inches high. She is washing her left foot while seated in a shallow tub.  The very simple dynamic gestures convey an intimate domestic scene. It was common at the time for people bathing at home to be described as having water poured over them while standing, often on the roof where the water was collected from rain showers. 


Figurine of the bathing woman

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