Deir el-Balah Expedition

Tomb service. Carved figurines of nude women reclining on beds are common finds in Egyptian tombs, where they were buried to serve the dead as divine concubines. This example, now in the Israel Museum, probably came from Deir el-Balah. At the site’s artisans’ village, the lower half of a similar stone-carved concubine was discovered, indicating that they were produced for use in the nearby cemetery.