The artifact depicts a clay model of a woman with abnormally fat forearms, hips and legs lying on her side on a bed with one hand underneath her head in what seems to be a sleeping position. She is naked to the waist, but clothed with a skirt from the waist downwards, reaching half-way down the calves.This skirt is decorated with incised lines and the lower part is represented as a sort of fringe. The wooden framework of the bed and the rush mattress are well -marked. The fabric consists of a brown clay, polished self-slip, with traces of red ochre. The feet are broken off.


  • Title: The Sleeping Lady Above
  • Date Created: -5000/-700
  • Location: Hal Saflieni Hypogeum
  • Physical Dimensions: Height 7cm Length 12.2 cm Depth 6.8cm
  • Medium: Ceramic
  • Showcase room: National Museum of Archaeology, Neolithic Display, Showcase 25
  • Photographed by: Stephen Psaila, Stephen Psaila
  • Period: Prehistoric Era
  • Inventory number: 20542, 20542

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