Model of two scribes

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


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

Dimensions

Length: 20.8 cm (8 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

21.875

Medium or Technique

Wood

On View

Stanford and Norma Jean Calderwood Gallery (Gallery 119)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Models

This wooden tomb model depicts two male offering bearers attached to a roughly rectangular base board. They are painted reddish-brown with white kilts and short, black wigs. Their eyes are detailed in black and white. They stand with legs together and right arm held close at the side. In the left arm, each holds an object that is either a box or perhaps more likely a writing board, painted white. Each balances a white box on the top of his head.

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: March 1, 1921)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition