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Fragments of model flowers and plants

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

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

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The Ancient World



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. Small fragments of plaster remain attached throughout the entirety of leaf. There is a darker pigmentation of the plaster at the tip of the leaf. The base of the leaf is slightly frayed with a fiberous material evident, possibly the stem.

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


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)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition