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|The nude woman reclining on a bed at left probably had several layers of meaning involving fertility, sexuality, and religion.||The paddle doll at left, which terminates in a greatly enlarged pubic area, probably served as a fertility figure.|
|The steatopygous woman at right, or woman with emphasized hips, buttocks, breasts, and belly, was found in a granary so may symbolize fertility.||The image of a nude woman at right is one of the few surviving ostraca (potsherds) from the Graeco-Roman period with human figures.|
|The seated "orant" (with arms upraised in prayer) at left, found in a domestic context, may have been intended to promote domestic fertility.||The standing figure at left is typical of later "orants," vividly painted and highly stylized.|
|The pose and emphasis on sexual characteristics of the reclining figure at right suggest it symbolized both sexuality and fertility.||Painted on the panel fragment at right, the nude body of Isis-Aphrodite, who is linked to love and sexuality, is visible through transparent drapery.|
|The frog represented on the lamp at left is associated with the goddess Heqet in ancient Egypt and symbolizes fertility.||The cow on the necklace counterpoise at left is associated with the goddess Hathor, who was identified with music, dancing, and sexual pleasure.|
|The god Bes, depicted at right, is often represented on beds and protects women in childbirth, associating him with women's sexuality and fertility.||At right Aphrodite exposes her nude body and the phallic god Priapus his (now missing) erect penis--an image with religious, erotic and humorous connotations.|