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Fragments of model flowers and plants

Egyptian
Middle Kingdom, late Dynasty 11 – early Dynasty 12
2010–1961 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Deir el-Bersha, Tomb 10, shaft A (Djehutynakht)

Accession Number

21.16707.18

Medium or Technique

Cartonnage

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Models

This is one piece from a group of approximately 50 fragments of cartonnage leaves, petals, and stems of model flowers and plants. Traces of painted plaster remain on some fragments, while on many it has worn away, leaving only the underlying linen base.

This cartonnage is a leaf. The base has been torn off and a small cut is located in the right side, near the base. Plaster remains attached on the top third of the leaf.

Sets of cartonnage models of food, plants, offerings, and other objects are known from other contemporary burial assemblages, but they are not especially common.

Provenance

From Deir el-Bersha, tomb 10, shaft A (tomb of Djehutynakht). May 1915: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt. (Accession Date: June 5, 2009)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition