Male figure from a model

Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 11–13
2061–1640 B.C.


Height x width: 16.1 x 6.6 cm (6 5/16 x 2 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



This figure from a wooden model depicts a striding man with right leg extended forward. The skin is painted a deep reddish-brown. A short wig is painted black. The figure is clothed in a short kilt with a sash over the left shoulder, painted white. Both arms were carved as separate components. The left arm is missing, while the right arm is still articulated with the body and held straight up. The right hand is broken off. The left “foot” has been carved as a peg for insertion into a larger model scene.


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