Male figure from a model

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


Height x width: 21.9 x 7 cm (8 5/8 x 2 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



This figure from a wooden model depicts a striding man with left leg advanced. The skin is painted a deep reddish-brown. A short wig is painted black. The figure is clothed in a short kilt, painted white that has worn away in many areas. There is a hole in the left hand for the attachment of a stick or other implement. The eyes are accented with black and white paint. The figure’s nose is battered. The arms are separate pieces still articulated with the main body of the figure. The feet of the figure are broken.


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