Female figure from a model

Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 11 or 12
2061–1783 B.C.


Height x width: 20 x 5.7 cm (7 7/8 x 2 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



This figure from a wooden model depicts a woman standing with legs together and arms reaching forward to do some kind of activity. The arms bend inward at the elbows to bring the hands together. The hands have holes for sticks or other implements which are now missing. The woman’s skin is painted yellow and her hair black. She wears a long white garment with a strap over the left shoulder. Possible hints of white paint near theright shoulder may suggest an additional strap. Her eyes are detailed in black and white. The feet have a peg for attachment to a larger model composition. The left foot is missing a sizable fragment.


By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way. (Accession date: June 28, 1872)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way