Male figure from a model

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


Height x width: 17.4 x 4.7 cm (6 7/8 x 1 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



This figure from a wooden model depicts a man with legs straight and bent at the waist. He is painted yellow with a roughly knee-length white kilt. He has a bald head. The eyes are accented with black paint. The figure’s arms were carved as separate components and attached with pegs. The left arm is missing, but the right arm is still articulated with the body and bent slightly forward. A small portion of each foot is broken off. The remaining hand still hold a fragment of a stick or implement, the rest of which is broken off and missing.


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