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Fragment of a Staff

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

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


Length x diameter: 44 x 2 cm (17 5/16 x 13/16 in.)

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The Ancient World


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One of four pieces of a long walking stick, three of which join. The fourth piece may not belong with the others. The staff is made from light-brown wood, is stripped of its bark, smoothed, and undecorated. This fragment is the largest of the four, and belongs with the shaft of the staff.


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)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition